Volvo Open 70

Part of a pre purchase survey is to inspect the spars and standing rigging. The main culprit on the Volvo Open 70 was UV degradation on the outer sleeve of the Southern Spars ECsix standing rigging system. The carbon standing rigging is made up of carbon fiber rods and are independent of one another and are wrapped in a outer composite sleeve which in turn is coated in a UV paint. One of the recommendations was to send back the ECsix standing rigging to Southern Spars be serviced along with the spare sets in the container and the parafil runners.   

Composite spars and standing rigging on a Volvo Open 70

Composite spars and standing rigging on a Volvo Open 70

ECsix  sacrificial  duct tape  self amalgamating doing its job. Carbon chain plates suffering from UV degredation.

ECsix  sacrificial  duct tape  self amalgamating doing its job. Carbon chain plates suffering from UV degredation.

G H Connor