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    • #20869
      Arthur
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      My schooling was Video Production with editing being the main part of it.  Sadly I have not worked in the field in 20 years, so I am a bit rusty.  I also only had two cameras with the g0pro stuck to the top of the mast.

      And yes, before somebody mentions, the Jib stay is loose,  I recently changed out the furler for a more robust unit and I need to get a shorter turnbuckle on the forstay so I can get it tensioned properly.

       

      • This topic was modified 3 weeks, 6 days ago by Arthur.
    • #20871
      Oliver Shaw
      Moderator

      Well done;   she is looking good,  although it seems to have been a somewhat grey day for you.

      You yourself mention the loose forestay (or did you mean jib halliard?),  so I won’t comment on that.    But do please tighten the locknuts on your rigging screws,  otherwise there is a real risk that one of them may work itself completely undone.    That has been known to happen,  and when it does it has been known to result in breaking the mast!    You might even like to go for belt and braces  –  as well as tightening the locknuts,  seize the rigging screws with monel seizing wire.    I confess that the latter is rarely done on dinghies,  but it is absolutely standard on yachts,  and for very good reason.

       

       

      Oliver

    • #20872
      Arthur
      Participant

      I do lock the nuts.  You may be noticing the “safety” cable on the camera to keep it aboard should it come loose from the mast, it was clipped around the starboard stay and in view of the camera.  Unfortunately it could not be wrapped around the mast due to the mainsail.

      And yes, the Jib stay is loose due to the new furler.  I do not have enough adjustment on the forestay to take the slack out of it.  Life was easier with hanked on sails!

    • #20873
      Oliver Shaw
      Moderator

      Arthur,

      Good to hear that you do lock them,  but the lower nut on the starboard rigging screw nonetheless seems to have worked loose while you sailed,  and to have become progressively looser the longer you sailed.   There is a visible gap between locknut and barrel at 1:03 to 1:24,  and the gap has become significantly greater by 1:30 (which I would guess is a significantly later shot?).   Perhaps this illustrates the value of also using seizing wire.

      Can’t comment on either port side or forestay,  since neither of these are ever in shot of the camera.

      And full marks for choosing rigging screws which incorporate toggles,  for proper articulation where they connect to the chainplates;  I wholeheartedly approve!

       

      Oliver

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