WAS THAT RIGGING STORY RIGGED?
I have to take exception to one comment in the article “Sails Away” (Hands-on Sailor, September 2017). The rigger states that standing rigging should be replaced every 10 years. I find that is very misleading when not further qualified. I suppose it helps keep the riggers in business, but there are very many instances when rigging will last much longer than that. A boat in Maine or New England sailed for two months in the summer whose rig is put in a spar shed for the rest of the year will see its rigging last far longer than 10 years. A boat from Florida or the Gulf Coast, or actively cruised offshore, should have the rigging replaced every 15 years, maybe every 10. The most important thing, however, is not whether to replace it at 10 or 15 or 20 years, but to inspect it regularly and then replace it when it needs it. That’s a more responsible guide than a blanket statement that it be replaced every 10 years.
Peter Hunt, marine surveyor