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Author Topic: Monel wire on the backstay  (Read 1367 times)

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Monel wire on the backstay
« on: July 13, 2003, 09:35:03 PM »

I'm planning on sending someone up the mast to attach my new tubular radar reflector to the backstay.
 The manufacturer recommends using cable ties and I bought a backage of black cable ties which are supposed to be UV resistant.  However, any kind of plastic will eventually deteriorate and I was thinking of using some monel wire as a back-up to keep the device from going into the water when the plastic eventually weakens .
 The backstay is stainless steel and I don't know what the monel wire is.  My concern is whether the two metals should be mixed.  I'd hate to do something that might weaken the backstay.
 BTW: The old radar reflector now serves as a low altitude bird deflector and it seems pretty effective!  I hang it from the end of the boom when I'm away from the boat.
 Phill Klein
 Andiamo #977
 Montrose Harbor - Chicago


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Monel wire on the backstay
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2003, 02:26:40 AM »

Monel is a copper/nickel alloy.  It is recommended for marine applications and should have no interaction with the stainless steel in the backstay.
 Jim Kane
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