DIY Rigging Checks

DIY Rigging Checks

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good afternoon welcome welcome thank you for coming to listen to me berate you for being terrible people love your rigs so let me just start off by asking your question what is the most important part of a sailing boat the hell yeah right so what's the second most important part of a sailing boat now not the sails the rig because if you don't have the rig you're a motorboat
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and you have to put a balaclava on yeah so you've got to learn to love your rigs why should I check the rig every time I go to my yacht I'll answer it for you since you're not talking to me there we go have a look at that I would say it's gone quite quiet out there so this is why we continually check our rigs and if
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you will meet you with Jerry the rigger you could do this come on there we go but unfortunately you can't do that at sea so what we need to do is prevent this from happening okay this is this is quite a common thing to see a mouse go over the side even last night sat on the seafront at gospel eating fish and chips out the paper with my wife because she
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said I can't be bothered to cook we saw a boat come back and it's got the mast in two pieces on the deck so yesterday was pretty benign day weather-wise so these things happen checking your rigging you might hear me say this a few occasions the more you check your rig as safely you're going to be now I like my rig my my clients to be safe simply because if you go out there and kill yourself you don't come back
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and pay your bills now I like you to be safe because we're all rural yachtsman we enjoy our sport and it should be fun and safe these are all pictures that I've taken over the years many of them unless pal I work for the world cruising Club as well who organized the art race the Atlantic rally for cruisers so I go out to Las Palmas every November for the last 12 13 years and start checking rigs and these are some of the faults that we
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find but they're so simple for you guys to check and all you've got to do is look up the mast simple little things here and see up here this is a big gap now if you didn't know that this gap wasn't meant to be there you're not going to know this is a fault so what you need to do is is just get familiar with your mast how many of you know what make of mask you've got who's got Seldon
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mast since we've have been kind of loans or seldom demo mast here spar craft mast who hasn't got a clue yeah it's that big lump of metal up the front that just gets on and looks after itself shame on you yeah you've got to learn to love the mast so let's go to the next picture more things to look at top of the furling system can you see in here there's no bushes in this one the bushes
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have been put in if you don't have the right kit in there when that furling system like this one when you're when you're continually turning this and this is rattling around at the top if you haven't got the bushes in there it's just going to wear the wire away and what happens when the wire wears away the mast falls over so but how many of you know that you need to have bushes in there you don't so you have to read the
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manuals that come with the kit I skipped I suspect you all read the manual that came with your engine because you'll change the oil they've changed the filter you know how to bleed the engine but you've got to love your rig the rigs beautiful now learn learn about how it goes together so that you can see and spot the faults because the more you check this the safer you're going to be this is what happens to the wire can you see
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how damaged is so the next stage is that one of the strands breaks and in there you've got 19 strands and when one breaks you've then got 18 doing the work so a second one will probably break and then you've got 17 doing the work of 19 and so on and so forth when about 4 strands are broken it's probably time to think about changing your trousers if I'm a phrase it that way because it's soon going to completely fail so if we
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didn't have this Jenica bit out the front and we just had this furling gear because we didn't look after it where's the mask in the fall when this breaks yeah yes straight back into the cockpit it's a scary thought simple things now when you check your rig you imagine I'm in the cockpit of a boat let's pretend we're in that though that's saying that's a Naiad 37 all to spot that fault
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all you need to do is walk down the side of the boat then and just sort of bend over and look at the rigging screw and you can check that the split fins are all in there so no split pin at all so the next thing that happens is the clevis pin works its way out the mast breaks all because nobody did that little bit of a walk it's um yep you you know when you're sailing yeah it's great sit in the cockpit have a cup of coffee
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gin and tonic eat the piece of cake but every now and again just get out and walk around the deck have a look at all these little dip bits and pieces when you went to the boat you probably check your fuel level you started the engine you check the water was coming out the back yeah the sirens and signals that go on when you turn your engine on and off they were all right and then you get out into the bright you put your sails up you go for a sail you sit back and nobody loves their
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rigging because nobody face if you don't go and check it so the more you check it and the more you pick up on little bits and pieces like this the safer you're going to be this is a completely utter nightmare this is a shackle this is twin force days on a French boat a shackle has no place at all in standing rigging it's just not designed for it so if you've got shackles in your standing rigging take them out please and put topples in
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this is a toggle here and over here no split pin if we look at that from a slightly different angle here is you see what's happening here where the split pin was missing all because nobody looks nobody thought about the rigging that bow is at the front of the boat obviously and it's up against the pontoon and the crew and the skipper they're coming up to the boat and they're stepping on and it's right there
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in front of them and nobody's looking because it's just that chunk of metal at the front isn't it that you hang your sails on so you know constant vigilance keep looking look at all these little bits and pieces keep yourself safe split pins we love split pins they're really good they're really nice articulate bits of metal I do like rigging I can't help it and so when you've got a split pin that you need to put in the hole in the
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clevis pin put the fattest biggest chunkier split pin that you can get into the hole okay and in an ideal world it wants to stick out about 3/4 to 1 times the diameter of the clevis pin that makes sense and then you've got the two legs and you bend them back a minimum of 20 degrees now because we only ever use split pins once it's really quite good to bend them all the way back round
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because the more they've got to bend back again the more chance there is that they won't fail but if you bend both legs in the same direction they can bend back together so you've already have the amount of chance you've got so just go out walk down the side of the deck check all the clever spins this making sense yeah good excellent ah these things actually make me angry
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these are keyrings quick quick rings split rings call them what you like heinous things these have no place on a boat in reality the only reason you get them it because when the fittings are made in the factory whoever is putting that thinning that all that keyring can put it running really quickly if they've got to put a split pin in they've got to bend it open a little bit it all takes time so the manufacturers give you these
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dreadful things just to hold the clevis pin in so if you've got some of these please please take them off for the proper split pinning why do we want this oh that because that's what happens I would love to say to you I made these but these things are ones taken off boats we don't need to make it up the horrible and this is what happens you can see it's all damaged it's all ready to fall out imagine yourself you've sat
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there in the cockpit nice cup of coffee you're bowling along the boats rocking a little bit backwards and forwards you desperately try not to spill your coffee eating your chocolate biscuit and the big wave comes along and you jump a snags on one of those little spiky bits on the keyring and it pulls it out like that but you didn't notice just because the boat was rocking around and you didn't want to spill any cup of coffee and then that happens the keyring disappears the clevis pin starts to move
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eventually it falls out and what happens next the least experienced person on the boat will step out there they will lean on the guard wire the guard wire will give way and splash yeah Man Overboard if you've got key rings I would advise you definitely to get rid of them at the very least tape them up so they can't get caught horrible horrible things this is this is another reason why you need
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to learn to climb your mast you can sit there and be winched up if you want that's fine but you need to go out and have a look at things this this fitting here is akin to a fitting if ya say like this one here right it's just a fitting in the side of the mast where the wires attached and because nobody loves their mast it cracked because it wasn't washed occasionally and looked after the corrosion builds up because you've got dissimilar metals you've got aluminium and stainless and then you've got two
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different types of stainless there and then you've got monal rivets all these different metals produce corrosion and that corrosion can build up and build up and build up and it will break things it's very very powerful you end up with a crack in the mast and that crack will only ever get bigger and the bigger it gets eventually the mast fails it falls on your head and I mention it probably hurts so who's who's who's climbed their
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mast recently come on Chris put your hand up and as you thing up he went up like a limpet hang in on like that it's not always fun to climb your mast but you need to do it occasionally and if you completely and utterly refuse to climb your mast get some idiot like myself to go and do it or you can just sit down at the back of the boat and get the binoculars out and look up your mast is always going to be very symmetrical
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so when one side starts looking a little bit different from the other side then you know something's wrong then you've got to go up and have a look does that make sense yeah because the more you check all these things the safer you're going to be all right let's have another picture oh look at that one you can see how high up we are this is a spar craft rig swept back spreaders and they have a habit of
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cracking on the inboard end this is the mast here and this is where the where the clevis pin runs through that holds the spreader on if my arms the spreader and I'm the mast when that fully breaks all it does is goes it falls over you can see that with a pair of binoculars from the ground ok so who's going to get the binoculars out when they get back to the boat yeah excellent this slide is
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just to illustrate that any crack is wrong if you see a tiny little crack it could be big somewhere else you don't know so if it's wrong fix it when the when the sail makers got going because they got going after the mask makers because obviously we had to put the mast up before they could hang their bits a rag on it they were a bit quicker than us probably brighter and they came up with the stitch in time saves nine we
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don't really have a mottling rigging apart from look after your rig and because as soon as you see a small problem you need to fix it there's no forgiving in the rig it needs to be loved and cherished and looked after now can we see tiny little crack here yeah well when we took this fitting off that crack ran all the way along the back of the world down there all the way back down under there and there was about
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five millimeters of metal left holding that spreader on you couldn't see any of it but you could see that tiny little crack that first start so you need to investigate further again the same problem as before with the other scrap spreader when that bit files the spreader folds up the mast falls over yeah not too bad if you're in the Solent not even really that bad in the middle of the English Channel as long as
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you're not actually in the shipping line that would be bad middle of the Atlantic quite a problem you don't want to be losing your rigging out there but you think of the financial implications of losing your rig we've just replaced a Bavaria 42 and it came to something like 27,000 pounds it's a huge amount of money all because nobody actually walked forward and checked his flipping or went up the mast
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and checked it they didn't make certain that they were going to be safe this is a good one I could probably show you two dozen three dozen pictures of this this is an old-style spar craft fitting and this is where the kicker or the vang joins the boom so on are seldom masks here that is akin to this fitting here okay this is really difficult for you guys to check because you have to walk out the cockpit around the spray firs
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off onto the side deck or my poor knees and then you've got then go back and look up I mean how bad is that but once that cracks it then fully breaks and then the next stage is that the kicker starts puncturing up into the boom and then the boom folds in half and you've got all the problems associated with with that like all because nobody
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did that little walk you know go around look at things get hold of them with your fingers give them a wiggle and a waggle as technical terms for you and the more you get familiar with your rig and the more you understand how it works and what it should look like when it's good the safety are going to be or T terminals where do we start on these right not that you know but this is a seldom asked because I remember this is a
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Selden backing plate and this is an OS T terminal nothing wrong with an OST terminal apart from it should not be in a Selden backing plate it does fit if I just wander over here hang on a bit of mast here and these are T terminals this this is a Selden T terminal Selden backing plate and it just hooks in and helps hold you masked up nice nice
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simple system and this shape in here this is designed to sit inside here when you start putting somebody else's T terminal in even though it physically fits it doesn't match now who's got a Peugeot car would you go to the Ford dealer to buy spare parts why the riggers do it on your sailing boat it's little shameful practice match your
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parts up because otherwise they load up and they point load instead of being on a big area they just on that little small area and that's what causes the crack here and here so the next stage on from that is one like this and you can see where this whole piece has cracked and instead of being yeah a nice solid round section here it's all broken and it's peeling out that was a Norwegian
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boat I remember that one because that was that was just below the spreaders and it was like I think I'd actually quite like to come down now please but then your head kicks in and it's yes it's not too bad I think it's not going to fall over under my weight there's other bits of wire holding out so I thought right let's go up to the top and have a look got to the top and it was yes I think I definitely really would like to come down there please because the top was like that but on both sides but completely out horizontal
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oh it was at all it was just like moments away from complete and utter disaster and all because you had a mix of different make set so you know it I know I've said it before but it's not just that chunk of metal that you hang your sails on it needs to be right this is the other problem that happens with t terminals because when they when they rest in here the bit they rest on also
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loads up and you can't help that so they tend to start cracking underneath here and that's one just starting to happen the only way you can truly tell is to take the mast down take it out and have a look I use a tiny little magnifying glass this thing here it's you know you've got to get right up right up really close to be able to use it and you get in and you have a proper look you know and then you check it you can
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see this one the crack is opening up but can you see it's different shaped head that was a give tee ball terminal slightly different but they just open and open and open and then again over here I've bought the next stage but I didn't photograph of it that's the next stage where the whole head comes off and the mast falls over but if you look at this afterwards when we're finished talking you can see how the metal is gone think think think think think lots
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of little breaks as it goes on these are other things that you need to be looking for cracks going up to the stages often riggers were built will have really old swaging machines and you have to run the metal through too many times because the more you work with the metal of the swage the more it becomes brittle if you've got a good machine you run it through once job done so the more you work it the more likely you are to see cracks coming up and down and sometimes
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you see them going around radial cracks so these are the these are the Swagger's just run through once so you're looking for cracks coming up and down here and radial cracks going around okay that one there that was the proper I think that really is the worst bow that I've ever been on in my whole life and the the riggers out in less parma so they took one wire off at a time and remade it and put it back up
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it's a long process but they did it but as they took them down they called them up and lobbed them down onto the pontoon and this is what happened to one of them the end just fell off now apparently this boat that had three surveys since the fellows had bought it but you just stepped onto it you looked at anything no it's rubbish but you've got to look you've got to do that little walk you know try to be methodical about it when you're doing your rig check I actually
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always start in the rear port quarter at the back of the boat here and I go down excuse me the side of the boat I look at everything on the way round all the way up to the bow then I go back down the other side again look at everything that you come to now any point where two things come together whether they're you know they're coming together like you've put the rope in the sheaves or that's the swage just check every point where anything comes together and once you've
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done that side and the starboard side go up through the middle check all the bits in the middle of often the mast the boom the kicker around the gooseneck area then it's time to climb up the mast and start checking all the things up there make yourself a check sheet it's quite easy on excel is it the Green Cross seat and yeah then that way you don't tend to miss things so it's quite it's quite
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easy to do but just familiarize yourself with your mast and did I say that the more you check it the safe you're going to be so I just long as we're getting the message I'm going to get you to stand up in a minute it's not always just about looking the feller who owns this boat nice guy keeps the boat in golf sport and he said to me Jerry something's not quite right with my furling gear could you have a look please so stepped on board speaks yoga scoop from the back stepped
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up off the pontoon onto the boat walk forward and my usual place in my hands and knees and see this thing's anyone not got one of these as you know your left one with all the things it's mainly sorry and I was only two when that happened it's not a rigging accident you can blame my sister and you've got one of these you can you can do what we did to find that it's like oh yeah that's it that's all you got to do get hold of it give it a waggle and set technical term
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again and it just moves and you know it's not meant to move fortunately that's a really easy repair it's literally five minutes working if storms you've got a new part but if you don't make that walk by going round the deck and getting hold of things and feeling them and touching them and giving them it is it is it's caressing your rigging it's learning to love it and being being touchy-feely with it you're never really going to know quite what is going on are
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you are you sort of getting a bit more in love with your rigging at the moment it's just me wearing the anorak then okay now when a strand breaks we did touch on this earlier sometimes they're really obvious like this one and you just get onto the boat anything you've got a broken strand there so why haven't you seen that well because the wife's out the washing hung up on there yeah right you should have walked right now to look but it comes it comes back to that thing again go and have a little look go and enjoy it sometimes they're
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not so easy to see now this one's at the top of the mast can you see just here the Strand is broken you can just see the broken end that's not so not good now this is where you're really going to love your rigging I'm going to get you caressing it and shutting your eyes well you shut your eyes when you kiss your partner don't you so we are now going to love our rigging now this one it's got one broken strand I want you to come and play with this before you leave
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I want you to feel this so this has got one broken strand please don't cut yourself because the blood makes a mess of the grass shut your eyes have a little feel only over about this sort of distance and when you get back to your own boats do this on all your ages and if you can feel a lump you've probably got a broken strand if you de feel one of these ones these are good that's how they should feel nice and
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smooth if you can feel that lump that's the giveaway now when I found that one I was climbing up the mast now my method of climbing is I climb up the wires I've put a pair of wellies on wrap my leg round the round the wire and just climb up it's a bit weird but it's not good for your knees but it does work and as I put my hand up with it all lump but you can do this check for yourselves you can go round you can get hold of your wire and just close your eyes give it a
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little little squeeze you feel and you know hopefully you won't find these problems but if you do then you can get them repaired because then you can go out and enjoy your sailing and have lots of fun now these are just to show you really where the classic break point is so that looks okay but it's actually got two strands that are broken so if we wrap them back in again you can see that they actually break just inside the end
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of the swage which is not really very helpful because you can't see it which is why we do the touchy-feely and find the lump you don't always see that broken end that you've because you know we were saying earlier you've got 19 strands in there and the 18 or 17 they pull up tight and they squeeze the broken ones out slightly because the broken ones relaxed because under the tension of the mouse being up so they squeeze out and you can just feel that lump
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it's normally over about six to eight inches one hundred and fifty two hundred millimeters if you can feed it all the way up you've probably got a piece of French wire that's that's just not very well made simple little things many of you may recognize this as as that light at the top of your mast some years ago I got the would you call it the light meter that you can get with the camera you know in the old days we had separate light meters and I got a brand new light with a nice clear lens I've got this
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spread yard piece of junk that you could probably buy out there for two or three quid actually but don't waste your money which is all Christ and we were down to about 20 percent of the light coming out just through age okay so again I know it's sat on the top of your mast but it needs to be in good Nick and needs to be looked after and made to work properly now I should say there is absolutely nothing wrong with a Garmin radar there's not really that much wrong with
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the scan strut what's wrong with that picture is that we have boat owners who don't go and check their rigging you can get other mates of radar and other makes of strap to hang them on they're all as good as each other but what you get here is four bolts and you imagine the weight of that radar and it's hanging on those four little six mil bolts and you know your boats going all over the place and as soon as that starts to move because it will move I mean only fractions of a
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millimeter at a time all the surface then starts to wear and you get more movement and more movement and more movement and more movement and all of a sudden the whole thing's breaking and because they're at the front of the mast when they fall down they're quite often straight through the forward hatch which can be quite ruined your whitening if you're asleep and especially if you've got green waves coming over the bow and you've suddenly got a three-foot diameter hole in the front because nobody went up and got hold of it and
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gave it a shake and checked that the bolts were ready you're going to go and check your rigs yeah yeah god it's worth it shackle this happens to be a French which I'll check and it's actually a really good shackle lovely thing guys let me ask you a question what do we do with a shackle or what let's the Sora Kairi Fraser what does a shackle do now you use it to join two
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things together what does the shackle do now has anybody ever heard of a shackle doing itself up so what we know from this is conclusively that all the shackle actually does is come undone and it will come undone a most inopportune moment which is why we should not have things like this you can see this one's come undone all its own accord and it's trying to pin out it's very young upsetting when you get towards the top
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of the mast and you find that the spinnaker block that you're hanging on instead of the pin being right through is sort of like this then you have to decide am I going the rest of the way and try and fix it or am I going to risk coming down which is where the wellies come in really useful because you can really support yourself but we don't want shackles coming undone I should make you stand up now because of this stuff I wish I had shares in this company almost and normal ceasing wire we should stand up salute to it bow to
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it if stuff is brilliant what do we do with it we do this we get hold of it little short length because it's we don't need a lot and you run it through the body of the shackle through the pin and you twist the ends together you seize the shackle closed and that shackle cannot now come undone prevent the accident before the accident happens almost a Monell ceasing bar absolutely brilliant there you go it's so good I
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showed it to you in use a second time now if we go back to the first picture that's right on the outboard end of the boom that that block that holds the mainsheet so what's going to happen when that comes undone because it will come undone it will come undone at night when the least experienced person is on watch and you're running downwind and all of a sudden the booms doing this and it's flapping all over the place and all hell and damnation is completely let loose your partner runs up on deck screaming
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what on earth is going on she's fed up with being on the boat in the first place all he is fed up with being on the boat in the first place you don't speak again till you get to port they get off the boat straight away straight down the divorce lawyers you lose the house you lose the boat you lose the car you only see the kids at the weekend all because you didn't use almost a model season biter still at the shackle if you haven't got some I've heartily recommend you buy some unless
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you undo a shackle on a very regular basis seized it up stop it having an accident that makes sense excellent here we go here's a picture of the checklist that I use actually it's actually a couple of generations ago now that doesn't matter just write everything that's only boats write it down work through it keep a record of when you've done a check now check after
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check after check it's as five of you sailing and you say you're going away for three day cruise and you're not going into port anymore one person before breakfast one person mid-morning one person after lunch one person late afternoon one person before the Sun Goes Down you can have five mini checks and it doesn't take long to start at the back of the boat and walk your way around I know I'm going a bit quickly but three or four minutes for one person just to do the
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check of all this because it keeps you all safe keeps you alive it's not a lot of fun when the mast falls over let's go back to back to the model that seldom have kindly lent us when when I do my checks unfortunate I do spend a lot of time on my hands and knees but you know it starts at the back I come around the starboard side rather than my normal port now we've got a backstage aster here it's a shaggy tight can you move what your fingers open this out I hope
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you can all see you at the back here do the jaws work do both of them are they nice and free if these don't work or if any of the sheets don't turn first thing to do put the kettle on not for a cup of tea I could see your mind working there when it's warm enough or hot enough so that you can still pour on your hand give everything a really good wash get the salt out get the grit out and then when it's totally dry use one of those
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Teflon or PTFE silicon sprays but they've got to be the one that goes in wet and then dries you don't want to leave it in there wet because that will just attract more grit okay get the thing work and get everything working yeah we'll work our way down we've come to a clutch next now when you open a clutch always pull backwards it just lifts the cam up because otherwise you're just launching it across your rope and ropes aren't cheap have a look
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around all the plastic bits now in here we've mentioned the teeth on the cam that actually jams it so what you have to do sight then is you need to decide who's the most irritating person on your boat and you go and get their toothbrush clean the teeth we never ever spray into the mechanism here because the spray will just go everywhere and all the bits you want to jam will then become slippy
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so and when you when you close the clutch always pull back at the same time it's just kind of the clutch it's kind of to the rope kinda to the boat keep going forward I know we've got a keyring here but it's a demo model it's quick and easy so check that that's there the split pin there check that that's there check that it's open it should be to split pins running through the body of the rigging screw check that they're there make sure the ends are tucked in so you don't
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catch yourself because blood doesn't wash out of teak decks that's why they didn't have two decks on most British warships and just check all these bits the shackle they're slacking this off check that the sheaves turn what do we do if the sheath doesn't turn put the kettle on make it turn if you don't make things turn when they're supposed to turn you will end up with this is the
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sheaf box equivalent of this this one stopped turning with a Dyneema halyard and it just trashed it absolutely trashed it and wrecked the halyard as well and ruined their racing season so just go around and check check in your goosenecks you see these are nicely packed out with washers this is a modern system where we have a casting a stainless casting here if you've got the old aluminium system
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what you want is nylon washers we call them the wear washers most people don't realize that we're even there in the first place but when they've worn away and they're gone you don't know you don't want lots of play that's about as much as you want it needs to be fairly firm okay just keep moving on check all the bottoms check that the halyard exits are okay check the spreader brackets which are missing make certain that the furling system turns most of you have
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probably got 36 40 foot boats two and a half thousand pounds for a new furling system if you buy a cheap make give it a wash occasionally yeah it's just kind give it a bit of fresh water wash just work your way down look at absolutely everything all the moving bits at the bottom wash them all out read your manual to see what you greased because some of them work on fresh air and water some work on silicone greases some work on conventional old-fashioned
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greases you know get the right bit in learn about your boat make it work beautifully keep yourself safe this is the bit where we want the kettledrums to go off like the big guns and boom where it's all doom and gloom because rigging repairs at sea when it does start to really properly go wrong what do you actually do what can you do to save yourself if you're out the Solem not too bad you know you're not for that far from Port if you're a bit further away from sea you need to start doing this so
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as soon as you notice a problem at the standing rigging make it the Leeside get the pressure off of it okay brace up the mast with spare halyards but don't let the sails flog because you don't want to shake everything and then bring it bring them down get some control and then you've got choices they're basically the three main methods you can use one is that you carry a spare set of rigging some people do with a gentleman in fear and with a westerly 23 he's got a spare
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set of rigging in the lazarette just in case nice for that there you go carry a set of stay lock rigging repair terminals could I borrow you please set it in your name Alex Alex this is Alex everybody he's going to be my demo model I'm afraid he's slightly better looking than Nathan which is always a disappointment but in the stand round everyone concedes brilliant now remember broken strand stay up rigging repair terminal see how much longer the studies so you can cut off
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the broken bit and then this goes together with two spanners if you use this system you're back racing okay that's a permanent method stay there please all right your third method is to carry some bulldog grips or wire grips whatever you want to call them and some spare lengths of wire so all you do you see the black tape here remember the broken strand we bound it
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back in because if it pokes out the strands on either side we'll try and count over so that stresses them even more so bind that one back in and then piggyback it with a bit of Y now this is five mil so I used five mil grips here now this has got to go over the swage so it means it much bigger grips but we've had plenty of folks use this method who have kept their masked up and continued and made it across the Atlantic so we
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know this method works and it's cheap and cheerful that you have to slow down you're just pulling along you're not racing anymore but if you use this stay lock system which unfortunately it's quite pricey you're back racing you know you can go fast but the main thing is do your checks and keep your mast up there's the stay locked kit there's just pictures of it in use but you've got Alex here modelling the whole thing so we don't really need those and that all that
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leads me to say to you is the more you check your rig the safety are going to be so who's going to go and check their rig that's not enough hands everybody put your hands up well I'm going to come out and slap you thank you very much for this thing I hope you've enjoyed it I hope I've managed to educate you in some way I've been doing this 30 60 s thanks Alex you can rest your arms now mate I know some of what I've said it's been a bit jokey just to try and make it a little bit more interesting for you but the important thing is that we're all
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yachtsman we all want to enjoy ourselves we want to be safe we want to come home to our loved ones so just do those few minutes walk around your deck check all the things avoid the accident catch anything before it becomes catastrophic I just have a great time sailing is fun enjoy it thank you very much [Applause]

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