Just a point of clarification, Sta-lok is still Sta-lok. Hayn is the American distributor for Hi-Mod mechanical fittings. New Norseman fittings aren’t being made any more, but Tylaska is making new cones for them.I think HAYN has taken over the StaLock style and use excellent SS alloy.
"Rod"?? seriously? On an old Pacific Seacraft cruiser?Some things you should never follow the cheapest option, and that includes everything that keeps your mast standing.
Broken strands anywhere on a shroud are a sign you are very lucky, and that you should have replaced your standing rigging many years ago -- its very far past end of life.
Switch to Rod. It is dramatically better, safer and by far the longest lasting rigging, and not much different in price over 1x19. The reduction in stretch is remarkable, meaning it is fundamentally easier to tune and the mast remains in tune. The reliability is famous: Navtec, the now gone but not forgotten original rod rigging supplier to the marine industry and dominant leader for many decades, had the advertising tag line: "No rig has ever been lost due to Navtec rigging failure." While Navtec is gone, the identical product is widely available. I got mine from Doug Grant in San Pedro CA (http://marineproductsengineering.com/about-us.html), but also try The Rigging Company (https://theriggingco.com/locate-us/) in Annapolis, Rigrite, and so on. Search for Nitronic 50 rod rigging.
For all fore-and-aft rigging (headstay, inner forestay, runners, and backstay) Dyneema is the better option: much less weight (one seventh the weight for the same strength), cheap, easy to inspect and maintain. The slow stretch (creep) of Dyneema is not a problem on fore-and-aft rigging as it gets adjusted all the time anyway, so you don't need to go oversize to prevent creep, as one must with Dyneema shrouds.
I did go a bit oversize (sized for creep rather than strength) on the headstay due to potential for chafe from (soft) jib hanks, but after 4 years still no sign of chafe on hanks nor headstay. I used the same rope for the backstay, so its oversize too. When I replace them, I'll go much smaller (size for strength) to reduce windage, weight aloft, and cost.
I've been using Dyneema for headstay and backstay, with Nitronic 50 rod for shrouds.
Got those two backwards mgs, thanks for clarifying.Just a point of clarification, Sta-lok is still Sta-lok. Hayn is the American distributor for Hi-Mod mechanical fittings. New Norseman fittings aren’t being made any more, but Tylaska is making new cones for them.
He's not insured.Presumably the insurers would expect the rigging to be replaced at a regular interval? 7 yrs for racing ? 10 yrs for cruising providing regular inspection? I agree with Zonker.
looks like he’s rigged up vectran or something strong to protect the shroud