After researching how much stainless cable and terminals cost, the miser in me decided that galv steel would be a fine alternative. After all, it was more or less the same strength, and has been used extensively in the past by sailing vessels of all types with great success! If it's good enough for them then it's good enough for me right? Once that decision was made the whole train started a-moving.
Of course stainless rigging might be more expensive, but there is a reason it is so common, apart from its shininess. It's relatively easy to set up and relatively maintenance free. "Bah!" says I, "How hard could it all be?"
Well first there are the terminals. Swages? Nah, too much equipment required. Poured sockets? Maybe, maybe. Cable clamps? No way! Ugly! What about splicing? Oooh, traditional, difficult, and oh such a waste of time! Bing! We have a winner. So I gets me "The Rigger's Apprentice" for a look see. Liverpool splice in 7x7 cable, too easy mate.
So now I need some cable. The old rigging is all 5mm 1x19 stainless, with a breaking strength of 2100 kg. Ok then, something stronger than that. May as well go up a size. After much searching I found a company in the UK (Tecni-Cable) which would ship to Norway (can't get anything here!) and had at it. Bought 100 metres of 6mm 7x7 galv cable with a breaking strength of ~2300 kg. That'd give me a bit of a buffer to offset the slightly weaker splices.
|Here it is in all its glory!|
|Failed attempts at securing with wire|
Hmm. How do I get this cable to go around the thimble? Of course the rigger's apprentice had gone on about needing a rigging vice. But I looked them up and they were really expensive. That's not what I'm about. I can make one. More time to be wasted!
|Yet another vice to be added to the long list ;-)|
There we go, what a fine device. We'll be splicing in no time.
|And the Lord Brion Toss spake thus...|
Reading from the good book. That's a sharpened awl for a marlinspike. A little beverage assistance visible in the background.
It was at this point that I started wondering if my splices would actually be any good. My unshakable belief that splicing would be as easy as falling off a log was starting to be gently dispelled by reality.
What I needed was a way to test them. A splice destroying machine!
So much time wasting later, I had something I was fairly confident would be able to exert the required tension on the cable. I got two 2 tonne bottle jacks and mounted them on top of two columns each made of 4 45x45 mm wooden beams. Put a bunch metal ties to brace it all, and sundry attachements for holding the victim and there it was.
If I could break it, and the break wasn't at either of the splices, we'd be right, right? In theory anyway.
|The first victim for sacrifice|
|Put him in the rack!|
Well I'd have to come back to my cable destruction later.