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Mast Rigging

From: Ron Nicol       
Date: 04 May 2005
Time: 06:15:31 -0400


From my experience with rigging several hundred rotating masts, a single attachment point is the most reliable and offers the least amount of resistance for rotation. Every time I have seen people try to reinvent the wheel on this issue, their mast has failed due to one reason or another.

Composite rigging has come a long way in the past few years, and is a viable option for those who maintain their rigs meticulously and would like to reduce weight aloft. I have some experience with Technora line, and feel that it is very strong, low-stretch, and has good life with a protective cover. I don't recommend it for the casual day sailor that expects everything to last forever. It will not.

The standard rigging is adequate and offers maintenance free operation for 5+ years with only about a 5 lb difference in weight. Someone will have to convince me that the cost/weight and durability is better before I convert even my own Carbon Fiber rig to composite standing rigging. I don't think so, but I don't have a sponsor willing to shell out a couple grand every time a cover starts to fray.

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