Originally Posted by sanibel sailor
How sophisticated does the twizzle rig pole joining gear
have to be? Would a simple metal ring work
in a 35 footer?
We sailed a heavy old 40 foot ketch
and the relatively light loads on the rope
crucivix didn't make a dent on the rope
after a couple of thousand miles.
With a ring, the pole ends will still cross over (as with a rope crucifix we eventually found best; cheapest; lightest) but you may have problems with the axial pole loads bending the pole end fittings on the ring. This happened very quickly on the Mark 1 (expensive; heavy) version of our crucifix shown on my page here -.
Restricting the natural angles formed by the pole ends quickly destroy the fittings.
I must say here that there may be better solutions out there; just that this twizzle layout worked well for us after a bit of trial and error.