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Feb 07, 2013, 10:30 AM
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Standing Rigging Material

I'm new to the forum, so please excuse me if this has been covered in previous posts.

Four friends of mine and I are building Voyager II boats to race amongst ourselves. I gather from reading other psost that the line included in the kit for standing rigging is not up to the task, and most people are substituting braided Spectra 90# line. My question is, does this application really require 90# test? Seems awfully high, and that line is pretty large in diameter. I'd prefer to use something in the 30#-40# ranger, which is about 1/2 the diameter.

Any guidance would be appreciated.
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Feb 07, 2013, 12:11 PM
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Standing rigging

An inexpensive and long term solution is to use 30# test STEELON plastic covered, stranded stainless steel leader wire available from several fishing supply web sites. The crimped swaging sleeves used to terminate the wire at fittings acts as a weak link in the event of a collision, and will allow the wire to pull through without jerking a fitting out of the mast or deck. Since one piece of the wire is strong enough to lift an entire 25 pound EC-12 it is more than strong enough for any boat of that size or smaller.
Feb 07, 2013, 12:30 PM
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I used the fishing wire traces for my rigging also,though she hasn't had many outings since I got into multi rotor helicopters.
Feb 07, 2013, 12:46 PM
Kevin Gault
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I concur with Mr Carr about using SS leader wire. I think the reason for using larger diameter Spectra (if you choose that route) is because the smaller stuff can tend to slip in the bowsies that most use to tension it. Also, at least in big boats, when you get close to Spectra's max tensile strength, it tends to "creep" (permanently elongate). Not really an issue in areas where you adjust it all the time, but not good for standing rigging.

Last edited by poltergeist; Feb 07, 2013 at 12:54 PM.
Feb 08, 2013, 08:07 AM
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Thank you for the suggestions, guys.

If I were to go with the nylon covered SS wire, I'd need a crimping tool and the fittings, correct? Also, and maybe this isn't worth worrying about, doesn't the SS wire give you a lot more weight aloft relative to the spectra?
Last edited by btasquared; Feb 08, 2013 at 09:09 AM.
Feb 08, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Just used pliers on my crimps.
Feb 08, 2013, 12:40 PM
Kevin Gault
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I use this technique for crimping. Seems to make a nice, secure crimp with a pair of needlenose pliers.
Feb 10, 2013, 04:09 AM
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So pissed off, took my TT ETNZ out today and ripped the top of the Jib, was only 3 knots of wind at the marina, luckily a man working on his boat saved me and retreived my ETNZ, otherwise i would have been swimming, at least she was watertight.
Feb 10, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Bummer, what happened to your jib?
Feb 10, 2013, 12:25 PM
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Keel Bulb "Chip"

The kit includes a small piece of curved stamped metal that screws into the bottom of the ballast bulb. I have no clue what the purpose of this part is. Anyone? Bueller? Anyone??
Feb 10, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by btasquared
The kit includes a small piece of curved stamped metal that screws into the bottom of the ballast bulb. I have no clue what the purpose of this part is. Anyone? Bueller? Anyone??
It is used in place of the wing if you don't want to use the wing.
Feb 10, 2013, 05:17 PM
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I realised i had the jib to tight, when i sheeted in it was to much pressure and ripped out the top cleat, I have now run a forestay to the front of the jib boom, and another sheet line straight down from the mast to the back of the Job boom, also ran a line through the front of the jib itself to ensure only the wind could possibly do it damage. Rigging instructions are weak at best.
Feb 17, 2013, 01:03 AM
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Added some safety to the original Chain plates to ensure if they break there's a back up.
Mar 06, 2013, 12:33 PM
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Looking good
May 26, 2013, 10:54 PM
Thomas Armstrong

Complete Mods

Hi all, greetings from Chile.

Bought my TT ETNZ some 6 months ago, and decided to build it with massive rigging mods. I donīt want to duplicate all my explanations... you can take a look to pictures I took along the process here:

All detail photos are from my own boat. Some vids and pictures also on that set. Feel free to ask for details on the comments of each picture in flickr, in this same forum, or at the build log I did here (spanish):

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