Assembling the swageless fitting
The bottom of the forestay is terminated after the foils have been assembled using a swageless Sta-Lok fitting, which threads into a bottlescrew which passes right though the drum. Swageless fittings are immensely strong, but you need to assemble them correctly. 1. Here are the parts: a threaded stud, cone and cap. The cone fits inside another cone inside the cup at the top of the stud. 2. The first step is to slide the cap up the wire. Failure to do this will result in much swearing later on. 3. Wrap some tape around the wire to stop it unravelling too far, then untwist the outer layer of strand to reveal the centre core. 4. Slide the cone up the centre core, leaving 2-3mm protruding from the bottom. 5. Carefully wrap the outer strands over the cone, making sure none slip into the slot in the cone. 6. Slide the cap down over the wire, and gently tighten it into the fitting. If you now remove it, the strands should have evenly bent over the cone. If any have dropped into the slot, correct it now. 7. Finally, tighten the fitting firmly with two spanners. 8. With the joint made, you can thread the stud into the bottlescrew. I taped the threads to allow around 60mm of adjustment: 30mm on the upper thread and 30mm on the bottom.