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Forestay, Trim-2-Fit, C-27 or C-270, CP-25

Part #: H1988
? for the Catalina 27 tall or standard rig or the Catalina 270. We start with corrosion resistant type 316 stainless steel wire. A roll swaged fitting is used on the top fitting. A new open design turnbuckle body made from bronze and plated with chrome prevents the galling common to products made from all stainless steel. This design can be securely pinned to prevent the turnbuckle from unscrewing.
We include a user installed swageless compression terminal stud on the lower end of the wire. The body screws directly onto the stud eliminating the top turnbuckle toggle. There are fewer parts that can fail and fewer parts to snag sails and ?. when compared to the older design which incorporated both upper and lower t-bolt and toggle assemblies. We replace your old turnbuckle toggle with a forged T-bolt design which cannot accidentally unscrew from the bottom slug like earlier designs. Turnbuckle clevis pins and new cotter pins are provided.

By including a masthead rigging toggle, we prevent you from having to replace the forestay again in the near future. We build our forestays assuming you either have a furler or may have one soon. The toggle acts as a universal joint to prevent wire failure due to fatigue from bending each time you ?. Wire length is modified accordingly to accommodate the toggle.

This forestay is supplied with a compression terminal stud so you can trim the wire to length, saving you the trouble of having to send in your old rigging to achieve a perfect fit. Suitable for use if the boat is equipped with the following furlers: CF-700 and 00AL. There may be others as well that we haven't specifically tested yet.

We include a selection of thrust washers and instructions for their use when there is a roller furler installed.

This stay is made to order just for you. When you order it we cut the wire from a long reel and swage on the fitting. We can't splice it back onto the reel or remove the fitting we swaged on for you. Once you order it your order cannot be canceled, modified, returned, or exchanged, so please choose carefully!
  • How long does standing rigging last?

    Since rigging fails inside of the end fittings where they cannot be inspected, prudence dictates that standing rigging be replaced every seven years for boats sailed in salt water, every ten years for those sailed in fresh water.

  • How often must I tune my new rigging?

    You should “pre flight” and “post flight” your rig before and after every sail. Every time you sail in more wind than you have sailed in previously with your new rigging, it must be re-tuned.

  • Are Trim-2-Fit terminals really strong enough?

    Yes. Many world cruisers use this type of fitting on both ends of their standing rigging. If anything happens en route to Tahiti, it can be repaired aboard without special tools. Production builders don't use them because it would add tens of thousands of dollars to their annual costs.

  • But isn't Trim-2-Fit more expensive?

    Maybe. The user installed end fittings are more expensive. But you’re only buying one per shroud. You also save the cost of shipping your old rigging and potentially hundreds of dollars in yard fees. If you avoid unstepping the mast or hiring a rigger you’ll save much more.

  • How do I cut the wire to length?

    Use either a bypass style cutter designed for stainless or an appropriate cut-off wheel on a Dremel tool. Do not use a bolt cutter that drives a blade into an anvil. It will munch up the end of the wire terribly.

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