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Re: Hughes 38 Rigging
Teo absolvo, my son. There are no "meet hooks" on a sailboat. What you have are called "meat hooks" just like the ones used to hang beef in the butcher shops. As wire cable decays and breaks down, individual strands break and curl up. When you run your hand aong the cable, snap! you are meat hooked on the iron. The rule of thumb is first, use a clean cotton rag, not your flesh, to test the rigging. Unless of course you have run out of scourges and flails and require an immediate substitute.
And second, if you find even one meat hook? Condemn the rigging, then and there, all of it. If you can find one there are more failed strands, many of them INSIDE the cable where you cannot detect them.
While your rigging may get you home, you should consider it to be unsafe and if you can't replace it sooner, make sure to carry spare line and place minimal loads on it.
Insurers may sometimes arbitrarily condemn rigging at 20 years of age. Most surveyors will argue that 10-20 years is all you can expect, under the next of circumstances. If yours is original to the boat? Well past condemning age. Be cautious.