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Re: Rod v. Wire Rigging - Valiant 42

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I have favored rod for 35 years or more. I would only go with wire if it was a cost issue.
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Presumably that means it was you and not the factory that dictated rod on the Valiants.

For long-term cruisers does the ability to carry extra rigging wire play in to your opinion?

How do you you feel about fiber?

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Actually: Navtec sold the Valiant group on rod without my help.
Yes, carrying "spare" rigging is a problem with rod but rod very seldom fails. I know of one documented rod failure on a Valiant and it was due to a poorly installed backstay insulator.
Fiber? Not sure on the longevity of it yet and how that works for cruisers. For now I'll stay with rod.

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Re: Rod v. Wire Rigging - Valiant 42

The owner has decided to stay with rod. The estimates for wire were all over the map, mostly because of uncertainty about how much modification would be required to change the ends.

The rigger we selected is making up a fiber "spare" that can be used to replace a piece of rod in the event of a casualty. That seems to me to be a good plan.

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