How old is your rigging? How many miles sailed on it?But in routine inspection of the rig I discovered some broken strands at the bottom swages of several shrouds and the backstay (I cannot examine the forestay as it is under the furler). So I shored them all up with as many spare sheets and halyards as I could find. And since then have added car tow ropes and truck tie-downs, plus my mooring lines and lower and middle lifelines, plus sistered each swage with chain from the turnbuckle to the cable using cable clamps.
Ruh-roh. To be fair to Dragon I understand you're a single-hander, so at least you're only betting your own life. Here in the Caribbean we are seeing many many newbie cruisers sailing on older boats who "fix what breaks" and call it maintenance - the difference is they have wife and kids aboard; not so defensible.All the answers here:
The standing rigging on my 1989 PSC34 is failing with broken strands at most of the bottom swages. No surprise given the age. I would like to replace the swages with long-stud Sta-lok self-fit terminals with threads into the existing turnbuckles. The wires are 7mm in diameter with 12 strands on...forums.sailinganarchy.com
You can probably get it re-rigged in Denarau. That might mean ordering from a NZ rigger and getting it delivered. I know that a Deerfoot 62.2 re-rigged in Denarau a couple of years ago.Dragon: I agree with CapDav above. I am loving your story telling and pictures. But your rig is frightening and I don't think your fixes will hold up in adverse conditions. It should be a priority to replace; and you should be aware that even the fittings including the turnbuckles at the ends may have cracks you don't see that will fail. Unfortunately that only happens when you are at sea in adverse conditions when you really need it. At the age of your boat you should also check the spreader fittings at both ends of spreaders.
There are some good wire shops in Auckland and those guys are used to working with boat owners on a budget.
Aloha and Good luck