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if yours are the Worthington aluminium cylinders, then they are filled standing upright (this is true at least for the new ones, but it should be the same).
As for the rigging, if you don't know yourself, have it inspected. Rot, fatigue, cracks, dents in the wire can be detected by eye (and magnifying glass). If you have mechanical terminals you can unscrew them, inspect and put them back together with new wedge. Swages have to be X-rayed to see inside.
If you are heading offshore away from help, it might be prudent to change the rigging (or at least have it inspected), but if you are in sheltered waters or just daysailing or generally taking it easy near shore where you would seek shelter before anything bad hits you, it might be safe to use these for a while.
Also check the chainplates if your boat is old and they haven't been changed last time.
Petr & Jana
s/y Janna, HR 31 Monsun
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