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Cutting through stainless steel rope and rigging wire

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What is the issue?
Many people carry at least one spare length of the heaviest / longest rigging stay aboard plus a pair of Swageless Terminations. The 'Norseman' type terminals, terminate cables by using spanners and as they do not require hydraulic presses or swaging machines so they can be implemented on board without specialist equipment.

The terminals are reliable and at least as strong as rated breaking load of the cable itself and thanks to the new system they may be easily connected. However the problem many people face is cutting the hard rigging wire to size. It is very difficult to cut it in such a fashion that it is even and the strands of cable do not become unlaid in the process.

Why address this?
Stress cracking is a serious problem with stainless steel standing rigging and shrouds - the stainless steel cables that extend from the mast-head to the larboard and starboard sides of the vessel, supporting the mast. If a degraded shroud should fail the rig will be outside of its support design and most likely collapse.

In out-of-the-way-places it makes sense to carry at least one spare length of the heaviest / longest rigging stay aboard plus a pair of swageless terminations. However these are useless if you cannot cleanly cut the cable so the terminators may be implemented.

How to address this?
Use a block of wood as presented in figure 1 to hold the cable for the cut.

Drill a hole in the block of wood that is the same diameter as the cable and insert it into the block aligning the cut point in the middle of the wood. Snap a vice grip on the waste end of the wire to hold it firmly in place. Take a fine tooth standard hacksaw and saw through both the wood and wire and it should result in a clean cut without the wires being unlaid.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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