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Re: Poor quality stainless rigging
about the plates...what mi tiempo said is key as do you...everything especially on a crusiing boat is in essence a compromise as it should be, a cruising boat cannot be racer is its loaded down...a full blown racer makes for a lousy full time cruiser unless you use it as a racer...etc...pack light...sail it like a dinghy etc...doesnt mean it cant be done either.
the same goes for equipment...yeah I could have titanium or chromoly chainplates but why?
304 stainless polished and buffed for cheap down here will last me 10 years(probably a lot more) but Ill check them every year so Im not worried.
304 is a compromise I guess but we forget that many 50, 60, and 70s boats came standard with 304 plates anyways...so is it bad to reinstall what lasted 20, 30, 40 years? my common sense says no.
to add to that resale...most of us dont keep boats for 30 years...the majority resells...
my second boat was full bronze everything but the 7/19 316 wire rigging...as this looked more traditional versus 1/19 rigging...however all turnbuckles were full bronze not chrome plated bronze. all pins bronze, all fittings, clevis pins, shackles, etc all bronze, all fasteners, the shaft, the shaft plate on the stuffing box, etc...
there was only a stainless pushpit someone gave to us as the boat didnt have any support on the stern...my crew wanted something to sit against at the tiller.
it looked hideous when you compared it to all the beautiful patina bronze we had from the tip of the main mast down to the keel
so yeah now, in this economy and on a glass boat I wouldnt sweat it too much regarding whats BEST as this term on a boat is too vague given the end useage of certain materials...
hope this makes sense....