Replacing turnbuckles on W42 Ketch

  • May 27, 2019 11:39 AM
    Message # 7459681
    Deleted user

    we have a couple of damaged 5/8” turnbuckles. What is the alternative to our original bronze turnbuckles? Do we go for very expensive bronze or better value for money’s down looking at stainless steel?

  • May 27, 2019 7:04 PM
    Reply # 7463636 on 7459681

    Stainless is fine as long as the threaded shaft is Bronze . SS buckle and SS shaft don't like each other . And now for some Westsail folklore . Back in the mid 90's when we got our W 28 , I was informed by Bud that there was a service bulletin out about the fact that there was a problem with all SS turnbuckles (sorry I can't remember the details) anyhow we started checking and sure enough we found cracks . OK I think I remember ...??? the turnbuckles we had , had a coupler barrel nut connecting SS right and left hand threaded rod  and that was where some of the cracks were .

  • May 27, 2019 7:44 PM
    Reply # 7464134 on 7459681
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ivan/Mark - check out  - there is a picture of my other toggle that didn't break -- and a link to other items with issues on the page. 

    The toggle that did break - broke on the stb side Boomkin - splitting the port boomkin into a long splinter -- which just missed me in the cockpit -- we didn't drop the mast either... 

    Here is my album on the repairs... 


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