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Forum: SparTalk 05-12-2017, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,351
Posted By benz
Should be OK

Just replying by the seat of my pants, I'd say it's OK to stay with 12mm, though I'd really recommend half inch :).
It seems all but impossible to me to load 6,000 lbs of cruising gear onto a 44-foot...
Forum: SparTalk 05-08-2017, 04:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,719
Posted By benz
Local mag

Hi Allen,

I live in an area with many wooden boats: restoration and upkeep is a passionate hobby here in Rhode Island. He might advertise in "Points East", a local sailing rag something like Lat....
Forum: SparTalk 03-23-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,812
Posted By benz
3/8

I usually go aloft on a single strand of 3/8" Sta-set (double braid) with jumars. I find 3/8 to be fat enough to feel comfy while being the skinniest I can easily grip and pull on. While I love...
Forum: SparTalk 03-19-2017, 04:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,607
Posted By benz
Cover too tight

Hi,

From a glance at the website, it states that 'Blizzard' has an extra-tightly woven cover. It is designed to be hard to get into, which probably makes it all but impossible to splice. I'd be...
Forum: SparTalk 03-13-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,610
Posted By benz
The Max Diameter does indeed include cover and...

The Max Diameter does indeed include cover and core--the final covered and chafe-protected diameter should not exceed the max sheave diameter--it will do violence to your line to stuff it into a...
Forum: SparTalk 03-04-2017, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,401
Posted By benz
Or not to lightning rod...

This topic has been flogged to death on other forums without a conclusive answer--it seems we still know less about lightning than we'd like. I fall into the camp of: "why offer lightning a path to...
Forum: SparTalk 02-22-2017, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,139
Posted By benz
Soft eyes are fine with aluminum

Ahoy the second Mark,

You can absolutely use soft eyes looped around the mast with your aluminum poles--I've done so with mine, for lowers, caps and running backstays, and it works perfectly. It is...
Forum: SparTalk 02-13-2017, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,139
Posted By benz
Hi Mark, I rigged my Atkins gaff cutter with...

Hi Mark,

I rigged my Atkins gaff cutter with synthetic shrouds--pics on my website: zartmancruising dot com

I used Vectran with a polyester cover: Samson Ropes' Validator II. Vectran has no creep...
Forum: SparTalk 02-05-2017, 08:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,367
Posted By benz
I'm not sure there is any standard work specific...

I'm not sure there is any standard work specific to small schooners--you seem to have the standard resources already. There are schooners of every size and description where I live, and all of them...
Forum: SparTalk 02-05-2017, 02:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,429
Posted By benz
Depends

A big enough bend radius shouldn't weaken the lanyard significantly, and think of it this way: a 3-hole deadeye gives you six legs of lanyard line, a four-hole eight--so the lanyard can be pretty...
Forum: SparTalk 01-11-2017, 05:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,506
Posted By benz
There is another splice...

Sounds like you're doing a brummel and then bury splice with the Regatta? NE ropes website has directions for a tuck splice in Regatta braid (it's what I use exclusively on my boat as well) which is...
Forum: SparTalk 01-03-2017, 07:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,704
Posted By benz
It's fine

While I prefer a topping lift that's adjustable from the mast, rather than being quite often out of reach on the boom end, the setup you describe would work just fine. I have Antal rings in lots of...
Forum: SparTalk 12-26-2016, 05:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,487
Posted By benz
Sorry, It would take some time to find it again,...

Sorry, It would take some time to find it again, since it was one of many I had to browse through, and I didn't save the link. Google the key words, and look for one from an obscure european rope...
Forum: SparTalk 12-25-2016, 04:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,487
Posted By benz
Splicing Dyneema w/ technora cover

Some time ago, when splicing V-100 (Vectran with a poly cover), I noticed a difference in the directions from Samson versus New England. The NE directions are pretty vague about how to bury the tail...
Forum: SparTalk 12-10-2016, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,899
Posted By benz
Smaller jib

Hi Roberto,

I don't think the stays have to be parallel--that's an urban myth. If they needed to be so, then the sails would need to be the same width aloft as alow. Ridiculous.
But as Ian said, if...
Forum: SparTalk 12-10-2016, 05:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,530
Posted By benz
What is your question?

Not sure what you're asking. Are you considering going to wire due to cost savings? If you go to wire, you may have to splice the cost of different fittings into your estimate.
If cost is not an...
Forum: SparTalk 12-10-2016, 05:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,624
Posted By benz
Marlow

Marlow Ropes can do all sorts of fancy custom stuff with factory-tapered cores, changing weave patterns, and adding different materials in as the line progresses. The guys there are very friendly and...
Forum: SparTalk 11-02-2016, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,419
Posted By benz
If you're landing the inner stay only a foot or...

If you're landing the inner stay only a foot or so from the stem, I can't imagine you'd need a second bobstay--that stay'sl won't be too shocking big. If going halfway along, I'd say consult an...
Forum: SparTalk 07-18-2016, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,760
Posted By benz
Interesting..

Funny, you had Dyneema shrouds with v-100 lanyards, and I did the opposite. It was my understanding that dyneema, having a far lower coefficient of friction than polyester, would allow the lanyard...
Forum: SparTalk 07-16-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,760
Posted By benz
I have

I used V-100 as standing rigging on my 31' Cape George cutter. Works perfectly. Used turnbuckles at first, then upgraded to Colligo deadeyes and Dyneema lanyards. Some of the V-100 has been in the...
Forum: SparTalk 07-09-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,698
Posted By benz
Instinct

Hi Bob,

I may be wrong, but my instinct is to tighten the fore and jib stays last, since having a greater angle than the shrouds, they'll more easily pull the mast out of true if nothing exists to...
Forum: SparTalk 04-01-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,562
Posted By benz
Lots different

Are you thinking about having two runs of Dux begin at the chainplate, one of which bends inboard at the first spreader and the other which carries on past the second spreader to the cap? Because in...
Forum: SparTalk 03-31-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,562
Posted By benz
Don't squeeze the Dux

I don't think you can squeeze the Dux hard enough to make it not slip. And if you could, it would be unwise to. Easiest thing to do is terminate and re-start at the first spreader. I'd be...
Forum: SparTalk 03-13-2016, 06:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,372
Posted By benz
Too deep for me

Hi,

Sorry, no photos of the chainplates. We glued them on with thickened resin, filleted the edges and put large patches of glass over the whole thing, thus getting massive surface area. It was...
Forum: SparTalk 03-09-2016, 05:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,372
Posted By benz
Doable, of course

Of course it can be done, if you use enough material. But to get the same strength as SS or bronze, you'd have to make the chainplate a lot thicker. I work with fiberglass a lot (in fact, I just...
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