SailNet Community - View Single Post - Rod Rigging
Thread: Rod Rigging
View Single Post
  #6  
Old 01-30-2012
travlineasy's Avatar
travlineasy travlineasy is offline
Morgan 33 O.I. Perryville
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 2,314
Thanks: 3
Thanked 61 Times in 51 Posts
Rep Power: 4
travlineasy will become famous soon enough
I just finished reading about the disadvantages of rod rigging in a book by Lin and Larry Pardey last night. One of the problems is rod rigging provides no warning prior to failure--it just breaks. In contrast, wire rigging usually shows signs of failure with rust, frayed wires protruding near connections, excessive stretching. Additionally, wire rigging is far more forgiving in an overload situation because of the stretch. Lin and Larry talked about several reported failures on rod-rigged, high-dollar racing boats, which in a couple instances ended up with demasting.

Emergency replacement, as stated above, is not a problem with wire. And while rods could be stowed laterally along life-lines, rigging connections while at sea could pose a problem--even with the proper tools. Installation could be a bit hairy as well.

Good luck on whatever you decide upon,

Gary

Last edited by travlineasy; 01-30-2012 at 10:05 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook