Bristol Channel Cutter "Angelsea"

Minor obstacles

Now for some of the details. This will cover some of the minor obstacles that I will need to deal with. It all has to do with fitting the new hardware required to make use of the synthetic rigging. What is being used is very old technology. Deadeyes and lanyards (I think this is very cool) as standard termination like Sta-loks and Swaging doesn’t work. They are a little bigger in dimension than turnbuckles, particularly the width.

1) I have external chain plates. This is a GOOD thing. This obstacle involves fitting 2 deadeyes on one chain plate that was designed to take 2 turnbuckles. I will probably have to have a plate fabricated that is wide enough to accommodate the 2 deadeyes side by side. Then bolt them onto the chainplate where the 2 turnbuckles attached before. If anyone has a simpler solution, please speak up. Here is what I’m talking about.


2) I hope I can fit the upper terminators that are about twice as wide as the toggles for the wire into the mast tangs. There seems to be extra space, but it will be a tight fit. The obstacle I have is again where 2 have to go (fore and aft lowers). There width is the problem. So far I have 3 solutions. Have a wider custom mast tang built (expensive). Purchase 2 single mast tangs to fit over the one bolt. Then angle them apart. This may give me enough room for the 2 separate terminators. or finally use one continuous line for the 2 lowers with a terminator spliced in the middle. If I go this route I will probably up size to compensate for the load of 2 stays being applied to the one splice (brummel). below is a chart of thimbles from Precourt in Canada of the thimbles for the upper ends. I will probably use the TE16 and 18 thimbles below. This will give me a 5/1 ratio the Dux needs. The thickness is going to be a probalem, but I am working with Erik Precourt on this.

Courtesy of Precourt Rigging

Courtesy of Precourt Rigging

Here is a photo of the double tang that has to be modified/replaced for the lowers.

Even to be able to use the thimbles for the wire, there was an adaption made.

Even to be able to use the thimbles for the wire, there was an adaption made.

Ok, everything else should be fairly straight forward. Then next post will start to deal with how I’m going to rig my new roller furling system. For now I’m going to fix some lunch.