thanks for the reply. The rig is down on trestles next to the boat, so inspection
is easy. I have a good guy looking at it, but he is not necessarily a very experienced rigger. Anyone have suggestions for an experienced rigger in or around Tarpon Springs/Tampa/St. Pete's, FLA?
I will post pics of the spacing and fit tomorrow when I get back to work (where the pictures are).
also - I'm wondering about having to replace all of the standing rig. the wire and fittings are 20 years old, but the boat spent the vast majority of it's life either sitting alongside a dock
up a fresh water
river, or tied to a marina berth in the keys. it has had very few actual sailing cycles on the rig - maybe a dozen actual 'trips' in it's entire life. total cycles are going to be very, very low on this rig; as is exposure to salt
spray. I know this for a fact, from the previous owner's sailing trips, his sailing style and and work schedules.
so - given the above, what can one do to thoroughly inspect the rigging
in some way to be able to confidently pronounce it fit for more service
? dye penetrant and meticulous visual examination? the top ends are all swaged, bottom ends are all Norsemans. the turnbuckles are all ok, and the Norsemans show little to no signs of corrosion
. it would be easy enough to open them up and replace cones etc. but I'm wondering if that might even be unnecessary.
replacing it all is a pricey proposal, however we will be going blue water
when we go (spring 2013). I'd rather NOT have the sticky thing and all the other hard bits fall on us.