Jan 1, 2006, 6:09 AM
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Sounds interesting. The reasoning against using the backstay itself as the antenna was always that the required insulators created a weak link. Using spectra, the wire might become the weakest part. Attaching the wire and spectra ends would concern me. We've had hi-tech (not necessarily spectra) halyards part, apparently due to repeated cycles of loading. I would want to be reassured on that, about uv degradation of the fibers at the top of the mast where you can't see them, and about the splice joining the line and wire together. I sailed with a captain who explained to me: If you have a plan for everything, when all hell breaks loose, it will be because you planned it that way. Sailing with as few surprises as possible is preferable to losing the mast because you wanted to talk on the radio.
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