- Nov 18, 2010
One of the current problems is the state of the stainless for replacement rigging. The stuff on the market is just not that good. I was talking to Capn Fatty about this last year (maybe the year before, it was definitely post storms). He had replaced his rigging and it was failing after less than 2 years. So a lot of riggers are recommending people hold onto it longer if the inspections don't show any issues. We have been dye testing our chain plates, toggles, etc. No signs of an issue yet. As far as rig failures I have seen several and most had indications. They didn't fail under the swag fitting but failed in the wire or the connections where cracks were noticably. And hanging out with sea gypsies you meet a lot of people with thousands of miles on 20+ year old rigging. Especially catamarans from South Africa. Their rigging is the best.Jesse, not to second guess you or your riggers, but 18 years is getting up there for rigging, especially given the use yours has seen and will be seeing. A lot of the time you can’t see any evidence of a problem until it fails. At least that’s what my rigger here tells me.