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Another thing I was told by a rigger. If you have those white turnbuckle covers around the lower end of the rigging, take them off. They can trap, or hold saltwater in there, and even if rinsed, don't rinse off as well as exposed.

A proper inspection, is with the mast down and removing every fitting for a thorough check. If your fittings are corrosion free though (again, according to the rigger that looked at mine) you're "probably" okay. Emphasis on probably.

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Crevice corosion is possible in the older Navtec due to closed up nature of the mushroom heads. I had stixnriggin reform the ends on mine and replace the tops with open tangs that don' allow water to sit on the mushroom heads.
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Originally Posted by sailingdog
That is what makes it catastrophic... .
Thanks Sailingdog, but I do know what catastrophic means. What I was responding to was the following.

"I certainly don't want to risk the 'catastrophic failure' that rod rigging apparently has the propensity for."

Which on the surface seems to paint rod rigging in a rather negitive light.
I was merely pointing out that rod rigging does not have a propensity for failing, catastrophicly (sp) or otherwise unless it's too old, too neglected or too stressed.
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