Sunday, June 8, 2014


T-ball fitting spliced into top of solent stay
Below decks, 1/2" threaded rod with eye fittings lashed from deck throughbolt to stem throughbolt. "If you can't tie a knot, tie a lot."
Finished stay. T-ball fitting on top, Colligo terminator on bottom, both Brummel-spliced into 7mm Dynex Dux (16,500 pound breaking strength, comparable to 7/16" 1x19 316 SS wire.)
Tensioning mechanism - pair of Colligo terminators, secured to the deck with a 1/2" (20,000 pound) shackle. Lashing replaced with 3/16 Amsteel - the 1/4 was difficult to tension properly. The tail is left long enough to reach the windlass for tensioning.
Stay and sail tack. 1/4" Amsteel loop and soft shackle for pennant.
100 square foot heavy (7oz??) high-cut blade jib flying. Balances a double-reefed main perfectly.
Sheets are turned at the base of the mast through a system of soft shackles and aluminum rappel rings. Rhapsody has only one set of winches, so flying the jib and genoa at the same time is problematic.

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