Synthetic rigging has come of age. Colligo Marine is now taking orders for made-to-order twelve-strand Dynex Dux (pre-stretched Dyneema SK-75) shrouds, backstays, and forestays (and other standing rigging), which are compatible with either lashing or turnbuckle-style tensioning systems. Colligo claims that the synthetic rigging is roughly the same cost as stainless-steel wire shrouds but is only one-sixth the weight; it also says its synthetic rigging is only one-third of the cost of either PBO or carbon-fiber standing-rigging systems.. Available for boats from 10 to 70 feet. Call for custom pricing. Colligo Marine, 480-703-3675, (www.colligomarine.com).
MOB: A Whistle in the Wind
Mark Wheeler went overboard a few minutes before midnight. He was in the middle of Lake Michigan, 30 miles offshore in 40 knots of wind. As he fumbled for the lanyard to inflate his lifejacket he watched his racing sailboat, Meridian X, disappear into the night at more than 18 ...read more