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Re: 35 year old standing rigging - but rigger says it's ok
Could you post a link to this "Industry Standard"?
I have never heard of this before. None of the top manufacturers' literature that I have seen states anything about x-ray inspections (and this includes the top hardware and wire makers)
My information on the x rays every 7 years was given by a guy that works with Sparcraft (one of the biggest world manufactures) so even if I cannot find it on the net I have no reason to doubt that it is their standard. But here you can look at the one of a smaller company Southern Spars and that's about the same:
Full service - at five yearly intervals
- Proof test comparison against initial test figures of select rigging pieces.
- Non-destructive testing (dye penetrant or x-ray) of hangers, ball-head screws and turnbuckles.
and Rig Pro recommends the same each 4 years:
"4 Year Service
..The associated fittings are thoroughly cleaned and recommended for non-destructive testing (NDT) to ensure there are no additional faults or weaknesses. "
This guy says the same:
"My personal recommendation is to have your rod or wire rigging (main and genoa roller furling gear also) fully disassembled, cleaned, serviced, lubricated and dye-penetrant test swages and/or rod heads once every 5 years, MINIMUM."
So I think it is safe to say that the Industry Standard is 5 to 7 years for a NDT testing, I mean not a simple visual one (x-rays or dye penetrant). Here x rays is more common.
Last edited by PCP; 10-03-2012 at 03:48 PM.