Wire - 0.45 mm flexible - 10 metres

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Wire - 0.45 mm flexible stainless steel rigging wire. 7 strand x 0.45 mm Ø x 10 metres.

Breaking strain (BS) - 26 kg/56 lbs.

Product code. W045

Availability: In stock


Wire - 0.45 mm flexible - 10 metres


Wire - 0.45 mm flexible stainless steel rigging wire. 7 strand x 0.45 mm Ø x 10 metres.

Breaking strain (BS) - 26 kg/56 lbs.

Use crimps ref. 70-012 to make a neat termination. And cover the crimp and wire end with heat shrink tube ref. SFIT-16 to make a neat finish.

Flexible 7 strand construction makes this wire perfect for pushing down the narrow luff pocket of a headsail or mainsail and for backstay and shrouds that do not coil up when taken off the boat. Tests we made on all our rigging wires showed that the stretch of the 7 strand construction was less for the same diameter and weight/metre than the single strand wires. This was contrary to the normal assumption made for 'big boat' rigging where 'solid' rigging seems to have a real advantage. Interesting that at this size the reverse is true and we can have the advantages of multi strand construction with better stretch resistance.

Use for forestay, backstay and shrouds for boats smaller than 36". Use for topping lifts and jacklines for boats from 10R & 6M to A Class and over.

Consider using flat section rigging wire ref. WFLAT which has approximately 90% less windage than round section rigging wire when sailing to windward.

Doubtful about suitability of this wire? See downloadable document: Rigging Guide

Q How do I get the luff wire down the pocket of a sail luff?

A Make sure you are using seven strand wire - 0.6 mm diameter for IOM, Marblehead, Ten Rater and 6 Metre sails, 0.75 mm diameter for A Class sails. Use 0.45 mm diameter for mainsails that need a jackstay/jackline. Use seven strand wire because it lays straight and will be easy to pass down the luff pocket. Unless it is pre-straightened using single strand wire for this task will be very difficult and will cause the sail to tend to roll up when off the boat.

Place the sail on a firm flat surface and cut a length of wire about 100 mm longer than the sail luff. Check the end you will push into the pocket does not have a sharp point or chisel like edge. If it does it is best to make another cut or use a diamond file or piece of abrasive paper to remove the sharp edge. If you don't do this you run the risk of damaging the luff tape. Introduce the end into the luff pocket and, while holding the sail down with one hand, use the other hand to push the wire in 100 mm at a time until it emerges from the other end.

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