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Not that I know the first thing about STANDING rigging but I think that's a very good reason to hire a rigger. Age may be a consideration, but I think condition is more so. Too many variables that affect life expectancy of equipment.
Thanks for your answer (and clearly I missed the funny part)- perhaps I should have worded my question a little better.
I purchased the yacht and the insurance company says that the rigging must be replaced every 10 years (5 Years if its used for racing) as a matter of course.
I have no paper work to say how old it is - it may only be 1 year old - it may be 20 -
I understand I can get a rigger to inspect the rigging to tell if its good or unservicable but my question is - how do I (how does he) assess the age regardless of condition? Are there date markings somewhere??

The way I understand it is the rigger can say its in good condition but the insurer wants to know the age as well - appreciate any feedback
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Re: Replacing standing rigging

Without a confirmed purchase date by receipt or log entry possibly nobody can tell with any certainty the age of the rigging. There are no "best before" stamps on rigging.

Talk to the previous owner or the yard that regularly serviced the boat and see if you can get an idea of its age. If you are not able to determine age bite the bullet and re-rig. You will be good for 10 probably trouble free years - 5 if you race.
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Thanks for your answer (and clearly I missed the funny part)- perhaps I should have worded my question a little better.
I purchased the yacht and the insurance company says that the rigging must be replaced every 10 years (5 Years if its used for racing) as a matter of course.
I have no paper work to say how old it is - it may only be 1 year old - it may be 20 -
I understand I can get a rigger to inspect the rigging to tell if its good or unservicable but my question is - how do I (how does he) assess the age regardless of condition? Are there date markings somewhere??

The way I understand it is the rigger can say its in good condition but the insurer wants to know the age as well - appreciate any feedback
Sorry....my recent boats have been Nonsuches, which have no standing rigging...hence my remark about lack of expertise. We have our own sets of issues.

As others have said, without a receipt from the PO, log entry, or yard confirmation, you likely cannot prove the age. If the insurance company is inflexible, you may just need to replace. Have you tried talking to the underwriters at the insurance company? Perhaps they would be willing to accept a survey from a rigging company and (assuming it is in good condition now) a plan to replace the rigging within the next X years. Worth a try.


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Have an inspection done. If it is all in good shape it may be cheaper to find a new insurance company....
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Who is your insurance company?

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