I wrote to MARECHAL MASTS and sent them my analysis of their faulty rig.
They did not respond until I asked Gilles Wagner, President of PRIVILEGE MARINE
to tell their supplier to shape up.
MARECHAL conceded that their rig better be fixed (ie making diamond discontinuous at spreader tips so that internal and external diamonds cannot slip vis a vis one another) as they do it for their new rigs since 2018.
But our old rigs have non standard spreaders inasmuch as they have been cut, tapered and rewelded at spreader ends. As a result the speader tips cannot readily accomodate the fixture to which the discontinuous diamonds should be attached.
MARECHAL proposed tu study my case for a fee of 440 Euros + VAT.
+ the actual cost doing the job and supplying the parts
I considered this outrageous as their faulty design is clearly responsible for a number of dismastings. (I counted 3 in 2018 without searching)
And could I bring my Boat to le Marin in Martinique
for the job to be done by MARECHAL's agent . Which was totally inpractical, Le Marin being 1000 miles upwind from Guatemala
I considered doing it myself in Guatemala
by cuting the diamonds at spreadertips , fitting STA LOK terminals, and having the fixture machined and welded to the spreader tips.
Eventually I went the easy way by locking the internal & expernal diamonds together wiyh 3 cable ties around both cables
at each spreader tip ( total 6 cables