WAS THAT RIG­GING STORY RIGGED?

Cruising World - - Underway -

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

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