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Rod has pros and cons like any rigging.
Pros: Lighter, less weight aloft, lower windage, greater strength to weight ratio.
Cons: harder to inspect, can fail with little warning, harder to replace or repair in remote ports,
As for how long it lasts, it depends on whether you're on salt or fresh water, whether you sail year round or for just the sailing season, whether you race or just cruise, etc.
Wire rigging is heavier, creates more windage and has a lower strength-to-weight ratio than rod, but is easier to replace, can be replaced using all ship-board hand tools, is easier to inspect. You can easily carry spare wire-rope rigging, but carrying spare rod rigging is much more difficult.
Synthetic rigging, like Colligo's Dynex Dux-based rigging, is also a reasonable choice, but it is more expensive than wire rope or rod rigging generally. It is lighter and has a better strength-to-weight ratio than metal rigging, but is susceptible to being cut...
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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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