Originally Posted by DoomDahDoomDoom
How many years can you typically count on a mast surviving? I expect this to be a very variable answer, but assuming that the boat has been sailed and raced for most of it's life, would you trust a 30-year-old mast with fairly new shrouds? Or would a boat that has recently replaced all standing rigging be *that* much more appealing?
Do you mean mast or rigging? A mast will last forever, rigging does wear out. I personally think that rigging on seasonally used boats will last indefintely, until the occurance of meathooks and/or cracks indicate too much age. Others will say replace the rigging periodically. But here's what brian Toss has to say on the subject Pieces of String Too Short to Save