Standing Rigging

From left, the Hi-Mod, Norseman, and Sta-Lok terminals all use a cone-shaped wedge to spread wire yarns and lock them in place.

Mechanical Terminal Pull Test

Hi-Mod and Sta-Lok are neck-and-neck in terms of efficiency.

Swageless wire-rope terminals have long been a favorite piece of rigging kit among all kinds of sailors. These terminals are inspectable, reusable, and can be assembled with simple hand tools. But for all of their acknowledged advantages, data is scarce about their mechanical efficiency. How much, if any, do they weaken the wire rope they are attached to?

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