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It depends. If the boat has been well maintained, on fresh water, then the rigging might well be fine for daysailing and weekending use. If the rigging has been abused and poorly maintained on salt water, then it is probably well over due for replacement
Also, wire rigging will generally give some warning signs before failing. If you have broken strands, heavy visible rusting, etc, then the rigging is probably trying to tell you something—like REPLACE ME.
Rod rigging, on the other hand, can look perfectly fine but be suffering from microscopic stress cracks and then fail catastrophically with little warning.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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