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The rigging is twenty years old. A lot of it depends on how the boat was sailed. If it was raced regularly, the loads on the rig are probably higher than normal, leading to shorter life. If the boat was only sailed on weekends, in light winds, on a freshwater lake, the rig may be in almost pristine shape.
The one problem I see with rod rigging is that it can fail catastrophically, with little warning. If you have inspected the ends and don't see any signs of rusting or cracks, then it is probably still in good shape.
That said, I was out on a C&C 38 last week, that had rod rigging that was 30 years old, and the rigging was in good shape. But that boat has a couple of people who do serious maintenance on it.
Rinsing off the rig with freshwater after a sail will help prolong its life. And as my friend on the C&C 38 said, if it hasn't given out yet, it probably won't for a good long while.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 08-24-2006 at 10:14 AM.