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rmbrown

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Standing Rigging Mechanical Terminals
« on: January 16, 2020, 07:39:28 AM »

What's the current collective opinion of mechanical terminals - sta-lok, hi-mod, and norseman in particular?

I need to replace my standing rigging and I think I'm going with mechanical terminals.  If all else was equal, I think I'd choose norseman just because of how long they've been in the business, but alas, they are not out of business.

Any experience using them?  Any issue with size and them not fitting where the swaged terminals used to fit, particularly at the masthead?
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Jim Hardesty

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Re: Standing Rigging Mechanical Terminals
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 11:44:57 AM »

Mike,
On my previous boat I changed from hank on jib to furling, the Furlex kit came with a new forestay with a Norseman, I think, terminal at the bottom.  Was easy enough to assemble.  That was over 15 years ago and it's still working.   
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Re: Standing Rigging Mechanical Terminals
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 12:00:21 PM »

I looked at Catalina Direct and their replacement standing rigging is all swaged at the top with a Hi-Mod mechanical fitting at the bottom, allowing it to be cut to length at the boat.  Not sure if that makes hi-mod better, cheaper, or what, but at least I know there's not a size problem. :)
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Bill Shreeves

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Re: Standing Rigging Mechanical Terminals
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2020, 09:35:13 PM »

FYI Practical Sailor reviewed the big 3 swageless fittings in their June 2015 issue.  Additional articles later on sealing vs not and pull tests
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