Question: What are the size of the holes for the lashings?
Answer:The holes in the 10 Klb, 14 KLb and 17Klb series are 5/16″ Dia (8mm). In the 30 KLb, the lashing holes are 3/8″ (10 mm). If you use a double braid line, you must know that the real size of a covered 1/4″ line is 5/16″.
Question: What is the size of the main line groove ?
Answer: The max. diameter of line you could splice around the 10KLB series is 5/16. For the 14Klb series and 17Klb series eyes it is 7/16″ and for the 30 KLb series, it is 1/2.”
Question: Why using this instead of a welded thimble?
Answer: A particular goal was to spread the load of the lashing on the thimble more evenly in order to reduce the friction between the lashing lines, to increase the radius of the lashing around the thimble, and to reduce the deformation of the parts (less stretch).
Question: How much do our deadeyes weigh?
Answer:The weight of one 17Klb series part is about 0.25 lbs (0,115 [kg]).
Question:Why using synthetic rigging?
Answer: There are many reasons why synthetic lines are the preferred choice for modern rigging, especially on rotating masts rigs for multihulls.
The first reason is the weight aloft. On my own F9RX, the metalic shroud wires with highfield levers and fittings would have amounted to a weight of 18 lbs. In contrast thereof, the complete synthetic setup adds up to only 3lbs. That results in savings of 30 lbs for two shrouds (and would be even more for larger wires). Ian Farrier said in a posting on a popular forum, this is like “taking a car battery halfway up your mast and try to sail in powerboat wave”. Not only famous cats such as Steve Fosset’s “Playstation”, but almost all world class multihull racers use them. I personally know more than 30 Farrier designed boats that use synthetic shrouds, some for quite a few years. Not only racers, but cruisers use synthetics in particular for reasons of convenience.
The second even more compelling reason is the ease of making and repairing the rigging. You can easily make your own splices, test them and repair with very few tools.
The last reason in my list applied to trailerable boats. No metallic cable and fitting will scratch or dent the deck.
Question: How much does it cost?
Answer: Considerbly less expensive than metallic rigging! The rope sells for $2 to $4 per foot and the fittings are inexpensive and reusable. Feel free to compare current prices of metallic rigging next time you go to a rigger shop. Synthetic rigging does not suffer from crevis corrosion and metal fatigue. As the lines are rather inexpensive you can now change your shrouds in regular intervals in order to feel more comfortable and safe.
Question: Does it hurt?
Answer: Synthetics are much gentler on the sail – and no more stainless steel fish hooks in your hand!
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