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Re: 35 year old standing rigging - but rigger says it's ok

Originally Posted by SVTatia View Post
Does rigging come with an expiry date?

The number of years by itself is meaningless. I would think that the defining factors are how, where and how much the boat has been sailing, no?
I would tend to agree.

What I do not understand is why sail boat rigging has a life span according to riggers. All other rigging lifting equipment (like cranes, hoist, and rigging equipment used by construction contractors) does not have a useful life span. Its life is determined by visual inspection of the equipment and cables, splices and compression fittings. Contractors do not throw rigging equipment away due to age, it is disposed of when a certain amount of broken strands or cracks in the crimp coponents is visible. We do not restrand the golded gate bridge after a certain time frame, it is only done after visual inspection shows we have a problem.
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