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Many surveyors will flunk rings.
I've used rings for years since they make adjustment easy. There is a risk of catching them with a sheet (especially when I used the blade on my boat). I have not taped them since that defeats the purpose of using a ring in the first place. A favorite set up for protecting the Ring-dings from snagging sheets and sails is to make a sleeve out of PVC tubing. I leave the tubing open at the top and can slide the tube up out of the way to work on the turnbuckle and let it drop down when I am done. That said, I have never gotten around to making a set for Synergy.
I am also a big believer in backing off the rigging tension and putting lanacote on the threads of the turnbuckle to minimize crevice corrosion.
A sheet can catch them and there goes the rig. Other posters mentioned the same. Not a AYBC recommend practice, but common none the less.
I am also sure that this depends on the ring - some are terrible, some are solid.
You can get away with the darnedest things. If well taped, nothing will fail.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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