I'm in fresh water
, but I'm still on my first set of Merriman chromed bronze turnbuckles. Considering I tension to spec (also known as 1/3 more than a lot of cruisers) and I service
them with a brass brush and then a lithium greasing every year, I have to say I'm satisfied in how they've held up.
Frankly, they are 38 years old, and I will replace them at 40 or before "just because", but I will probably salvage
those turnbuckles just because they are obviously good, durable kit.
I am aware I'm getting a "price break" in fresh water
, but that doesn't mean we don't inspect our gear
or occasionally lose rigging
due to corrosion
, age or lack of proper sail management in heavy weather
. Rod rigging from the '80s seems prone to problems here...not surprised it didn't persist.