It's time to re-rig my Catalina 27, and Hi-mod fittings have been recommended for their strength and reuseable design. Where's a good (relatively cheap) place to get them? And if you have any installation tips, I'd love to hear your info.
I would second rigging only. They are great to work with, know their stuff, and have good prices. They built a new headstay for me, suggesting a swaged lower fitting, as it was inside the furler, to avoid potential loosening from the rotations. I used a himod for the top fitting - easy to install. I have since installed two himod insulators on the backstay, purchased from them, with good results.
And if you have any installation tips, I'd love to hear your info.
We rerigged out W32 with Hi-Mod terminals; they're fantastic and easy to use. We found using a cut off wheel on an angle grinder to be the fastest and easiest method to cut the wire (9/32" for us). Cut lightly and the strands will all be clean and separate easily.
Use a leather glove or some dense material to twist the wire strands counter clockwise from the end; they'll open perfectly 9/10 times.
Use a blue thread locker on the Hi-Mod's threads.
"Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible." W32 #482 Asia Marie
It was my experience that a mixture of STA-LOK and Hi-MOD was necessary as I did not want to change any existing clevis pin diameters nor did I wish to ream any existing clevis holes to a larger size. All size pins are not available in each product line. I did not mix fittings on a particular stay. I have eleven pieces of standing rigging since I have a cutter rig. Check the pin diameters carefully when planning your purchase. Both are excellent products, neither are cheap. I bought mine at Defender. Buy or order during the spring sale and save a lot of cash.