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While Rod rigging is generally quite reliable, it does have one major disadvantage over wire rigging. It can fail catastrophically, with little or no warning. I highly recommend inspecting rod rigging very thoroughly at least twice a year. If you don't know how to do so, hire a rigger to do so and have them teach you how while they are doing it.
The real problem for a cruising boat is a that rod rigging is very difficult to replace in remote areas... wire rigging is fairly easy to replace, with the advent of swageless fittings, like Hayn Hi-Mod, StaLok, etc. You can usually carry a single piece of 1x19 that is as long as your longest piece of rigging and the fittings, and use it to replace anything that fails. That isn't possible with rod rigging.
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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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