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Replacing Running/Standing Rigging

We own a 1987 Bristol 35.5, which we purchased in 2003. We've used it a moderate amount each year, mostly day sails in Naragansett Bay and environs. The standing/running rigging is for the most part original, although appears to be sound. Given that its now 25 years old, should we be replacing it anyway? I would appreciate any thoughts and recommendations that you might have. Thank you.


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Re: Replacing Running/Standing Rigging

Running rigging is easily inspected.. do any wire halyards tend to develop 'meathooks'? Are rope lines stiff and worn? These parts are easy replace periodically so they don't need doing all at once.

Standing rigging is another beast.. while you could replace piecemeal there's a lot of peace of mind in knowing the entire rig is 'new' and good to go another decade or two.

Most any rigger will probably tell you that at 25 yrs old the shrouds and stays are due to be replaced. Easier and cheaper to do it now, than have to replace a mast at the same time as well....


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Re: Replacing Running/Standing Rigging

Short answer, I'm with Faster, yes replace it all.

There are lots of options for running rigging. What type of sails are you using and what type of sailing do you do?

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We had all the running rigging replaced on our Bristol 38.8 by Joe at Rigging Solutions in Dartmouth. He did a lovely job and the price seemed very reasonable. He will definitely talk to you about type of use and help you select the right product. We managed to get rid of all our wire transitions.
He does cover your area.


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Re: Replacing Running/Standing Rigging

I replaced all my runing rigging on my 1979 Bristol 35.5 2 years ago and standing rigging this year. Chain plates were removed, polished to check for metal fatigue and rebeded. Peace of mind. I also had to move my traveler in front of the dodger due to moisture penetration and cracking under it all the way into the cabin. So many projects and so little time.
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Re: Replacing Running/Standing Rigging

My rigger carries a couple pieces of standing rigging around for shock value. The exterior of these are shiny and look great, there is no inside left to them, just a rusty hole........
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