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I'd point out that a boat that is stored for part of the year, used only on weekends and such could easily have rigging that old that was in relatively decent shape.
The chronological age of the rig is not the only determinant of condition. Hotter climates, saltier waters, etc will generally accelerate the aging of the rig, and cooler climates, fresh water, etc, will delay it. Hard use, like bluewater sailing or racing will accelerate the aging as well.
I'd recommend shipping the rigging off to Riggingonly.com and having them make up replacements.
I also recommend using Hayn Hi-Mod mechanical fittings over StaLok or Norseman, as they're usually far less expensive and better quality IMHO. I also recommend that the top fittings be swaged and the lowers be mechanical fittings. This is because the lower fittings generally need the ability to be inspected and re-built more often, due to the greater exposure to the water.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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