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07-15-2006, 03:33 PM
Not having any luck putting an eyesplice in a piece of 3/8ths 1/19ss....bent two fids....numerous bangs and scratches and it looks like hell........sure glad I had a couple or three spare sta-locks for that size wire......:(
Hmm ---- are you thinking of going sailing. Does this signify good news?
I've been offered a position as (kinda) Charter skipper in your part of the world in October. It's a Bennie toe thirty something, and I'm sailing it towards Newport, with paying guests. I'll give you a call and do that wire splice for you.
07-15-2006, 03:58 PM
my problem is that I no longer have much strength in my hands or arms as I once did...it gets a bit frustrating. A couple of days ago I went to the warehouse to check on some spare stock and opened my spare rigging box, so I have the parts...and the wire was about 4 feet longer than I think I'm going to need so I decided to do an eye splice. I was having a bit of trouble also with some lines, but it's due to lack of physical strength...and ya gotta imagine the weight of a small box with three assorted 3/8ths stalocks, associated Merriman toggles, a pair of 1/2 inch stalocks w/toggles and a bronze 3/4 and 1 inch turnbuckle......almost didn't get them in the car......:(
edited to add...when ya get here gimme a call....hope ya like crab cakes etc....
07-16-2006, 01:42 PM
Hi Chuck. Don't feel bad. Even very experienced wire splicers have a hard time getting a decent job with small 1x19. Sta-lok, Norseman or Quick-Attach terminals have rendered wire splicing obsolete, so I just go with the flow. Also, the mechanical terminals are almost 100% as strong as the wire, whereas splicing is considerably less. I even used Sta-Loks on my ancient Herreshoff 12.5. I suspect Capt. Nat would have used them if they had been available years ago.
07-16-2006, 03:17 PM
I know....just me...and tired....was looking at another project much smaller than Tana Mari...something I might be able to handle...but a gaff rig...
I had forgotten that I had bought up a bunch of new chromed Merriman parts a gazillion years ago.....found headboard shackles..toggles etc.....even a Nicro reel halyard winch..and Gawd..those things are dangerous...I mentioned it to a friend and he wants to buy it, even after I told him that I thought they were the most dangerous device you could put on a boat...
I gotta do something to keep me outta trouble...
07-17-2006, 08:54 AM
Need a set of younger hands/arms? I don't know how to splice wire, but you do. You don't have the strength/dexterity (sounds like what you're saying) but I do...
You can tell me what to do, and while I learn something, you get the splices you need done. Contrary to popular opinion around here, I do take instruction.
Guess it's time to bring the redneck cadillac down and have another cuppa?
Don't forget I'm right next door - limited skills, but happy to help if you tell me what to do. Even if it's just lifting stuff, don't hesitate to let me know.
07-17-2006, 09:15 AM
My sympathy comes from being there and wearing the t-shirt.
Query: Is there anything that penetrates human flesh faster, deeper :eek: and more painfully than a single, wayward strand of SS wire?
07-17-2006, 11:54 AM
a VC triangular bayonet....or a 7.62 mm x 39.......:D
anytime Matt.....just drawing piks and crunching numbers....
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