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Old 27-12-2010, 15:18   #1
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I just read over MarkJ's adventures crossing the Atlantic. A broken Forestay is not something to take lightly. My boat has rod rigging and it was all replaced three or four years ago. Currently am getting the boat ready for an Atlantic crossing and have been thinking about what and how much wire to bring in case a shroud or stay goes bad. I have added problems because the rod rigging has different fitting ends then wire but I am thinking of carrying two lengths of Galvanized wire that is as long as the longest pieces of standing rigging. Do you carry extra stays for ocean crossings? What material do you carry? What fittings do you carry?

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Old 27-12-2010, 16:01   #2
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Old 27-12-2010, 16:35   #3
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Before our circumnavigation I installed running backstays to the top of the mast that backed up the cap shrouds.

I installed two additional halyards forward - a spare genoa and spare spinnaker halyard to be used for rigging emergencies.

Rather than carry rigging wire, I carried elongated Sta-Lok terminals in all configurations so that I could do a repair on a wire where it entered a swage. I had a few pieces of chain and wire clamps for emergencies as well.

I had long toggles, long studs, and long eye Sta-Loks.

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I believe I could have repaired any rigging disaster with the tools and terminals that I carried on board.
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We are trading in our spare wire rigging for a dyneema kit that fits in a zip lock. Last time out we carried 60 feet of wire and STa-Loks in a soft-sided deck box. What a difference a few years makes.
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Spare sta lok terminals, turnbuckles and a bit chain has been my solution in the past too.

Maybe it's time I looked at some soft rigging options - looks very versitile
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big pair of bolt cutters, and I keep all my old rigging each time I up grade, lock nuts turn buckles and cotter pins of all sizes

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