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Old 29-05-2013, 16:34   #1
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Standing rigging recommendations

I'm planning to have the standing rigging replaced on a Pearson 303. Any recommendations of companies to use to have it manufactured?
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Old 01-06-2013, 14:08   #2
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Re: Standing rigging recommendations

I would suggest asking a marine rigging company. There are 2 in my area but too far away for you .

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Re: Standing rigging recommendations

Why don't you do it yourself. Buy the wire and Norseman/StaLok end fittings and go to town. Probably do it in a day or less and have truly reliable rigging at less cost than having a rigger do it those freaky swages.

Notice your from MN. SS rigging is probably good forever in freshwater. Do you really need to change the rigging????
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Thanks for the suggestions. Since there is not much in the local area, I'll probably mail it over the Fall for next season. The rigging is 30 years old, and it's probably due for a change.
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Why don't you do it yourself. Buy the wire and Norseman/StaLok end fittings and go to town. Probably do it in a day or less and have truly reliable rigging at less cost than having a rigger do it those freaky swages.

Notice your from MN. SS rigging is probably good forever in freshwater. Do you really need to change the rigging????
I've heard that SS can last 30-40!years up here, but as I'm taking it to the East coast next year, I'm going to change it. I got a rough estimate of about $1600.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Since there is not much in the local area, I'll probably mail it over the Fall for next season. The rigging is 30 years old, and it's probably due for a change.
I also have 30 year old rigging and my Rigger says its needs to be replaced? However the rigging is way over built for the boat and very heavy duty. Where do you go for expert advice?

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Hi Burt,


I don't quite the know the right answer. Generally, I've heard that you replace the rigging around the 15 year mark, and even that can depend on how hard it was used and it environment. Since I've written this thread, I've also read that some riggings can go up to 40 years in freshwater environments. I think if there is doubt, then there is no doubt, and that is why I'm having mine changed out after 30 years...for the piece of mind.
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Re: Standing rigging recommendations

Rigging is not something you want to screw around with in an aging 30'+ boat if you don't have the proper expertise. If you ever been in a boat that size that has lost it's mast in a decent wind, then you know how incredibly dangerous it is. The mast foot can crush a person down below, and whipping stays can maim someone in an instant. If you doubt your rig, have it inspected by a qualified professional.

Aging stainless steel has the unique property of looking fine from the outside but being corroded and weakened on the inside. You can't just eyeball it and say "Looks fine to me." You need to have an experienced rigger inspect it and determine what it's state is.
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Re: Standing rigging recommendations

IME, it's necessary to have the rigger inspect the mast, too. He discovered cracks in my mast, that could have resulted in the lower shrouds pulling out of it.

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