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A lot of it depends on how the boat is used/abused, where it is, how it is maintained, etc... I've seen boats with 20-year old rigging that was replaced for no reason... as proven by post-replacement testing. I've also seen rigging that was only six or seven years old fail. Neither is typical. Having a rigger look at the rigging isn't all that useful with rod rigging IMHO. It doesn't really have any external signs of aging, that are going to be visible.
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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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