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Old 08-01-2008, 19:11   #16
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Perhaps I can use rope on the main to the first set of speaders John. That way the chaffing/snagging would not be such an issue. I would only use them on the main to assist me starting up the mast, so the person cranking me up did not have to working so hard. Although I could use my electric windlass. On my mizzen, I am installing an AirX wind generator and when installed, I can see myself going up the high to screw around with it from time to time...with a helmet of course...
All you have to do, to stop the blades on the wind generator, is take the wires off the battery and short them to each other. That will stop the blades. No helmet required.
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All you have to do, to stop the blades on the wind generator, is take the wires off the battery and short them to each other. That will stop the blades. No helmet required.
Trust no one...trust nothing...if it moves, it breaks. It will be a nautical looking helmet...
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Hi,

They are called ratboards, which I always thought was funny. On the Schooners they are siezed on with the line, frapping trurns, etc. and painted over with black paint. Of course that is galvanized rigging that is quite meaty in thickness. Narrow stainless rigging is another ball of wax.
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You can also do mast steps. I'm getting some when I pull my mast down. The only thing I need to be careful of (wooden spar) is that I seal and bed the drill holes. That part worries me a bit. But, there's plenty of other crap screwed into the mast, so if I do it right it shouldn't be an issue.
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Had teak ratlines on my lowers for 34 years, taking them off next week as it is about time I replaced the standing rigging, no corrosion present! They are attached with 1/4 bolts and cap nuts, 2 each side (8 per ratline). I am going to replace them with new wood and was wondering if anyone has an alternate to teak to suggest?
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