[Rhodes22-list] Update on IMF outhaul/furling running rigging changes made over the winter

Reuben Mezrich reuben.mezrich at gmail.com
Wed Dec 8 07:05:38 EST 2021

I've taken out, and replaced, a few screws on the boom and they look like
simple sheet metal screws (i.e. threads all the way to the head). Having
few mechanical skills and with a high degree of laziness I"m going to go
with metal screws, probably the "self-tapping" variety. I'll report on the
outcome. Probably do the work next week since our club is racing this week
(its good to be in Florida!)
Reuben Mezrich
Pelican Cove in Sarasota and Back Bay, Boston
Cell: 410-499-8922

On Tue, Dec 7, 2021 at 9:18 PM Jesse Shumaker <
jesse.laten.shumaker at gmail.com> wrote:

> I decided to tap the threads because of my experience the prior summer when
> I added more small cleats to the bottom of the boom.  That time I drilled
> pilot holes and used stainless sheet metal screws but it was hard to avoid
> stripping them.  That inspired me to get a tap and die set (an excuse for
> more tools!) and give that a try.  I may have done more work than
> necessary, which often seems to be the case :)
> On Tue, Dec 7, 2021, 8:09 PM Peter Nyberg <peter at sunnybeeches.com> wrote:
> > I'm pretty sure that's what I did, or I might have even used wood screws.
> >
> > I probably got the idea that this would be OK because every piece of
> > hardware attached to the mast or boom that was put in place by General
> > Boats that I have removed was attached by screws, not bolts. I can
> identify
> > with the notion that because tapping threads into the boom is more work,
> it
> > must be the better solution, but I'm not at all certain that's actually
> > true.
> >
> > Also, I don't know if it's significant that in this case the forces
> > applied to the screws (or bolts) would be sheer, not tension (I think I'm
> > using those terms correctly).
> >
> > Perhaps Roger would care to comment.
> >
> > --Peter
> >
> > > On 2021-12-07, at 18:49:55 EST, Reuben Mezrich wrote:
> > >
> > > Glad you mentioned this… I was just going to use sheet mettal screws
> > >
> > > Reuben Mezrich
> > > Cell: 410-499-8922
> > >
> > >
> >
> >

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