Standing Rigging Replacement

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Standing Rigging Replacement

Although our boat survived Hurricane Ian with just relatively minor cosmetic damage, I am contemplating redoing the standing rigging on our "98 36 MK II.  I have the data sheet that came with the boat but noted it is dated 10/15/91 but refers to "Catalina 36 MK II."  Can anyone confirm that the wire size and lengths on that sheet are correct for our boats.. I just emailed Catalina Yachts asking the same question.  Thanks.

David S. Power
Two If By Sea #1687
Burnt Store Marina
Punta Gorda, FL

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Dave-
We just re-rigged ours. The lower shrouds and lower backstay bridle are made with 1/4" 1x19 wire. The upper backstay, upper shrouds and forestay are made with 5/16" 1x19 wire. We used Catalina Direct. They supplied the wires with swaged fittings on the upper ends. We cut to length and used Hi-Mod compression fittings for the turnbuckle ends. I submitted an article to Main Sheet on what the project was like. There were 2 main reasons why we resorted to DIY; I had trouble locating a rigger and we figured we'd save a few dollars by doing it ourselves. With the mast down, it wasn't too difficult.

Paul & Wendy Keyser
"First Light"
Rye NH
2005 C36 MKII #2257
Wing, M35B

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Thanks for your response.  I noted that you used the same material originally specified by Catalina.  I intend using a rigger who can do it SO the mast inplaced. I intend to check with CD to compare prices once I get a quote. 

David S. Power
Two If By Sea #1687
Burnt Store Marina
Punta Gorda, FL

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Dave-
For reference, our standing rigging cost from Catalina Direct was about $3300 plus freight. 
One minor suggestion we have is for your rigger to look at the aluminum castings at the end of the spreaders (where the upper shrouds pass through), and add some fasteners to retain the casting to the spreader. The only thing attaching our casting to the spreader was chaffing tape and the force from the upper shroud. If we had ever relieved the upper shroud separated the upper shroud turnbuckle from the chainplate, the spreader casting could have dropped out. Of course the need to remove the upper shroud turnbuckles would be very small, but we feel better about the spreader casting now being firmly secured. Additionally, I would recommend the rigger tape the shroud where it passes through the casting to insulate it. We noticed the casting was showing some corrosion in this area. 

Paul & Wendy Keyser
"First Light"
Rye NH
2005 C36 MKII #2257
Wing, M35B

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