The fore stay and back stays checked out fine but my lower side stays both has some strands of the cable that were visibly broken. I am sure these are the original stays so they have seen a lot of use over the years.
The S2 6.9 original equipment has 1x19 5/32 stainless steel cable with 5/16 thread for all stays and shrouds. The threaded end of the stays all have a right hand thread to tighten.
I even thought about replacing the stays with new rope stay material called Dyneema. After all, the sailing ships of old all used rope for their stays to support the mast.
The Dyneema rope is just as strong as the stainless steel wire material and much lighter. You can read more about it at this Sailfeed link if your are interested.
The rest of the existing cable seemed to be in good condition so I opted to just replace the threaded end with a mechanical fitting.
P2 Marine site for about $44. Make sure to get the long barrel terminal, it will provide about the right length compared to the old fitting.
These mechanical fittings are very reliable and are actually stronger than the cable you are attaching them to. The fittings can be reused also but a new center cone and forming cone will need to be purchased.
The first thing you have to do is cut off the old terminal to prepare the end for the new one. I used my Dremel tool with a cutting blade on the end to zip it off quickly. Make sure to make a nice square cut so all the strands of the cable are the same length. Use a file to clean up any burs on the cable.
|Cutting off the old fitting|
The video also has many good tips like sealing up the connection with silicone to prevent water intrusion into the fitting.
The Sta-Lok fittings have just 4 parts. The main threaded barrel(at bottom), the top nut(top right), the forming cone(middle) and the spreading cone(top left).
First place the top nut onto the cable. Next spread the cables outer strands by giving the cable a counter clockwise twist. Slip the spreading cone insert, skinny side first, onto the 6 inner strands of the cable.
The forming cone fits in the bottom of the main threaded barrel. This is what will form the strands into a nice round shape as the nut forces the strands around the center cone.
|Strands before pre forming strands|
I then filled the fitting with silicone and tightened down the nut again. I used lock tight on the threads as suggested in the video and tightened down the fitting until snug.
That is it! I should be good for many more season to come.