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 Post subject: Check your pins
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:52 am 
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This happened a few months ago. First sail of the season around the end of April. 3 of us on the boat. Me and 2 that had never been sailing before. It was blowing about 20-25. Took off the beach and made it about 300 yds out moving really well. Windward hull started lifting up with all 3 of us sitting on the rail when it popped. I've since replaced these and been out many times with the new ones with no problems. Just thought I would show some pictures.

I went through all of the rigging the previous season and replaced shrouds, bridles, forestay, but the pins looked fine so I didn't do anything with them. I thought most anchor pin failures were because it bends at the top of the threads. Has anyone ever seen a break like this?

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These are the pins that came on the boat when I got it. The surface rust doesn't look as bad in person as it does in the pictures. I know this isn't what the newer pins look like. Was this an old style pin or was it something the old user found that just worked.


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 Post subject: Re: Check your pins
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:07 pm 
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kswis001 wrote:
. . . but the pins looked fine so I didn't do anything with them.
Bummer. Thanks for posting why changing the anchor pins is just as crucial as the rest of the standing rigging.


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 Post subject: Re: Check your pins
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:09 am 
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Good pic, thanks. Not sure the surface rust has anything to do with the issue and also not sure if you can examine the steel inside to expose weakness (cheaply). A visual is still important as you may get lucky and catch it. I personally don't change mine out regularly if they are working. :)

Its one of those things.

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 Post subject: Re: Check your pins
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:43 am 
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Those pins fail more often than you think. Change them.

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 Post subject: Re: Check your pins
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:43 am 
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I check the bow tangs on my 16 very often. The bends in them make them suspectible to cracking.


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