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Re: 35 year old standing rigging - but rigger says it's ok
Yeah, that is my thought too! Particularly when it comes to coastal cruisers. You would think that if lots of rigs came down, and those failures could all be attributed to standing rigging of a certain age, then insurance companies would be all over it! As it is, I have never been asked how old my standing rigging is. The underwriters seem content with a general survey every few years.
And my insurance company, Progressive, doesn't even ask for that. I am all for inspecting and replacing rigging when required, but what is the real definition of "when required".
We can send a man to the moon (or at least we could at one time), but we cannot create a good standard for rig inspection/replacement.