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Wow, did this thread get hijacked to the wire vs rod theme, or what?
Like Jody, I replaced my rod with rod (we're talking rigging here). I was somewhat concerned when I did this because I plan on cruising from Calif to Florida. My thinking was that rod would provide better strength, seems to last a bit longer, and is less prone to corrosion. What I've heard is rod seldom fails. When it does go, it goes without any warning or signs. The wire, in wire rigging, seldom fails as well. It's the swage fittings or the wire corroding inside the fittings that usually goes. I'm not a rigger, but this is what I've heard.
Now back to the original question... I have never heard of "solid" rigging except maybe carbon-fiber. We're not really sure what Va3wmh was taking about, especially since this was the first post Va3wmh has made. Likely, it was rod rigging. Assuming this, the best advice I can give is to contact a local rigging shop. When I replaced my rigging, I was the first one the boatyard had heard of going rod for rod, everyone previous that originally had rod left with wire rigging. Cost was likely the biggest factor.
Hope this helps Va3wmh.
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