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Sail & Rigging - Inner forestay Swan 55
23 November 2018 - 16:20
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Join Date: 23 November 2018
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Inner forestay Swan 55

Hello!

I recently bought a Swan 55 - the former Walross III.

Its fitted with the original mast and do have some fittings for attaching the inner forestay.

My question is:

Are the fittings on the mast the original ones? Will they do the job or should I make a more rigid solution?

I suspect the lower fitting is for the halyard and the middle one for attachment of the stay?

What about the doublefitting in level with the shrouds?

 

I want to use the lever on deck. What is the best fitting to use with the lever?

 

I don't want a permanent inner stay and no furling:-)

 

Thanks, and thanks for the membership!

Jonas Lissau

Fittings on original mast. Swan 55 - sloop

23 November 2018 - 16:26
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Join Date: 23 November 2018
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Sorry,

 

I ment the doublefitting in level with the spreaders:-)

23 November 2018 - 19:36
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Join Date: 02 January 2008
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Dear Jonas

The inner forestay wire size according to the sailplan is 5/16" which corresponds to 8 mm, and 8 mm Norseman hole diameter was 13 or 16 mm, would guess the lug hole is 13 mm.
You are right that the lower fitting is for the halyard, and the middle one for the stay.
The double fitting is for the spinnaker pole topping lifts. The halyard and lifts were external, this is a good choice for long distance sailing.
The runner tangs are visible in the photo, but no runners? 
It can be seen that the halyard and topping lift lug holes are oval, this is due to chafe, your yacht has seen a lot of miles. Is there an estimate for the total mileage?
For the recessed stay lever a special toggle is needed, I will make a sketch.
Kind regards
Lars

24 November 2018 - 08:21
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Join Date: 02 January 2008
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Dear Jonas

Here the toggle concept. The transverse pin at the lower end to fit the lever cutouts, and the parallel part to fit into the lever gap. For length adjustment a rigging screw is attached to the upper end.
Kind regards
Lars

24 November 2018 - 23:02
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Join Date: 23 November 2018
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Hi Lars. 

Thanks a lot for your fast reply. 

I will try to make a similar togglearrangrmentšŸ˜Š

There is currently no runners, but I think I will make dynema ones...

When the boat was named Walross III she sailed an estimate of 220.000 nautical miles - wich offcourse is visible in some parts of the boat  

Kind regards

Jonas

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