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post #6 of Old 08-23-2006
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Rod rigging is stronger, lighter and presents less windage than traditional rigging. That said, it also has a nasty habit of failiing catastrophically, with little warning. Good rod rigging is wonderful, but also very difficult to do repairs on, especially in foreign waters with less advanced facilities.

If you're planning on going abroad with your boat, I would stick with conventional rigging. It is pretty easy to keep a length of 1x19 SS cable on board with the proper Sta-Lock fittings to adapt it to any piece that needs replacement. The length should be equal to the longest piece you might have to replace, often the backstay.

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