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Re: Standing rigging longetivity
It's really all about the terminal ends, The wire is generally good for 15, but can last longer if it's .316 1x19 cable, which is most likely what you have. I'm guessing you have swage fittings, the ones on the bottom generally go first and from the inside out. This is from moisture collecting in the fitting like a cup. If you can see grooves on either side of your swage fitting it was done in a hand crank swager, with is common on wire as small as yours, if it's smooth, it was done in a Hydraulic hamer rotary swage, this makes a tighter fit and will last longer. Ideally you would use sta-lok on the top and bottom, Better grab on the wire instead of just pressure and will last longer, mine is 15 years old and still in good shape. To save money, a popular sell is swage on top and sta-lok on the bottom. Also, I like a lot of toggle action. If you have solid forks, they go sooner than a toggle fork or an eye. probably on the bottom you have swage threaded right in to the turn buckle. If you re-rig, think about going up a size all the way around, turnbuckle and all, that's what I did and I'm still going strong. An affordible way to do it is one wire at a time. One wire a week, or a month, this spreads the cost over a period. You may have to get creative on how to pull the wires, that is a small mast to climb, but a skinny teenagaer can do it. Other wise you have to take the whole thing down, and you may as well do all the wires at once.
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Last edited by Capt.aaron; 04-05-2013 at 10:36 PM.