I am trying to get myself ready to replace standing rigging
, and reading Brian Toss's complete riggers apprentice, which by the way seems to be excellent. Brian states and it seems to be common based on general observation, that when determining the strength of the components of a shroud
, chainplate, turnbuckle, toggle, wire, toggle, then mast
tang, that the tang can generally be required to handle HALF the working load of the shroud
itself, while the turnbuckle and chainplate need to be able to handle more than the working load limit of the shroud. Am I missing something here? whatever the load is that comes onto the shroud will place equal loads on each end of the shroud. In short why can the tang be of lesser strength than the chainplate - or of the working load limit of the shroud?
I would like someone to help explain what seems to be inconsistent to me - although like I said at the beginning, just looking around the docks, tangs seem to be very flimsy compared to what is on the other end of the shroud.