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TadTV
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Which way to loosen shroud turnbuckles?

Trying to replace a few old rigging turnbuckles, and I'm confused which way is loose? I'm actually replacing the head counter top and need to remove the rod that goes through the counter. As far as the turnbuckles above deck go, I can get a half turn in either direction, but I don't want to break something forcing it more. Is it counter-clockwise? I've read both directions on the web so now I'm completely confused. Thanks

Tad
Simpler Times
1989 C-36 MK I #1004
Redondo Beach, Calif.
 

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Tad
Simpler Times
1989 C-36 MK I #1004
Redondo Beach, Calif.
 
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Tad:  I just did this and you would think I could remember - but you'd be wrong.  I always have to look at the threads where they go into the turnbuckle to make sure I'm turning it the right way.  Assuming the rigging threads are "Right Hand" threads (?) you would turn the turnbuckle clockwise looking down on it from above to loosen.  First I would tape the threads with black tape to let you get back close to where you started when retightening.  Hopefully someone who is on their boat will chime in and correct me if I'm wrong here.

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I agree with Harold- wrap some tape around the threads to determine which way tightens, and which loosens. Regarding only getting a half turn either way, use some WD40 or other penetrating oil to free them up- twisting back and forth will help.

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TadTV
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I called Garhauer who makes the turnbuckle and they confirmed as well it is clockwise to loosen. So-long righty-tighty. I was able to eventually loosen it up along with several deep finger blisters but I got the chain plate out and the connecting rod, etc so I could replace the Formica counter in the head. I put back on a shiny new Hayn turnbuckle. The Formica counter top color for my 1989 is MISSION WHITE #933. It was pretty easy to replace once I got the chainplate rod out of the counter.

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Tad
Simpler Times
1989 C-36 MK I #1004
Redondo Beach, Calif.
 
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