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Old 28-05-2023, 04:15   #91
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Re: STA-LOK Swageless Terminals (Wire Rope Terminals)

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I replaced all my standing rigging before heading south last fall. Wire, turnbuckles, and chain plates. Its a very easy job. Dont sweat cutting the wire, it's easy. I used swages at the top and Sta-Lok at the bottom. The old rigging was about 18 years old and sailed very hard. It looked OK but the backstay chain plate was cracked. When I found that I decided to replace all the chain plates. I think the chainplates and turnbuckles were original so 42 years old.

Okay, thanks for the info.

I have already replaced all my shroud chainplates and a couple turnbuckles.

During that process, I found out either on here or someplace else that my turnbuckles were probably good even though they are 49 years old.

They are those chromed bronze turnbuckles with some being just a tad greenish

I plan to inspect the forestay and backstay chainplates soon and probably replace the bolts maybe

Btw, how was your trip?

I believe I read that you had made it to Florida then where Bahamas, Caribbean, Dry Tortugas?

And did you do any outside legs?
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Re: STA-LOK Swageless Terminals (Wire Rope Terminals)

I used a Dremel and a cut-off wheel. Don't know what you mean by a 'jib block', but a piece of wood with a groove for the wire and a 90 degree slot (Miter Box) for the saw blade might help.
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I used a Dremel and a cut-off wheel. Don't know what you mean by a 'jib block', but a piece of wood with a groove for the wire and a 90 degree slot (Miter Box) for the saw blade might help.
Jig or block.

Installing Sta-Lok ® Fittings
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