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post #17 of Old 09-23-2012
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Re: 35 year old standing rigging - but rigger says it's ok

I am getting ready to re-rig my 1988 PSC 31 which still has its original rigging, just because of its age, even though it "looks good" on inspection. I do ocean sailing.

My question is: If the turnbuckles also "look good" do I need to replace them too?
How often do turnbuckles suddenly fail without obvious signs of weakening?

And is it recommended to replace the headstay furler at the same time (Harken MKIV origianl equipment)? This is obviously a BIG expense which I would like to avoid if not a major safety issue. It is working fine but definitely old.

Thanks in advance for your advice and thoughts.

Paul Cooper
PSC31 #9 "Wayfarer"

The secret to sailing is good judgment. Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
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