Standing Rigging

The decision to go with turnbuckles or high-tech lashing varies greatly. The Outremer 51 (left) features carbon fiber rigging but uses conventional turnbuckles, while the carbon-fiber hull H55 uses dyneema lashing for tensioning.

Lashing for Strength

Inconsistent loading complicates simple rigging calculations

Standing rigging, stays, and lifelines; these have always been steel cable, terminated with a shackle or ball at one end and a turnbuckle at the other. Steel fittings for steel rigging. For synthetic rigging, lashings seem like the logical replacement. They have a simple ruggedness that we think we understand, and like seems to fit with like.

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