Originally Posted by Cheechako
I've used bare wire before and wouldn't hesitate to re-use rigging
that looked good. It seems to me rigging
failures are near the ends usually..? Cut the ends off with new terminations.
SS wire , including the usual plastic covered type, is probably way overkill for lifelines
in the first place. It seems stancions bend before the wire breaks, and I don't think a 200 lb body is going to break the wire.
Wow, a 67 Rawson
all the way over in Annapolis
huh? That was my first offshore
The most likely place to fail is the terminals at the bottom. I haven't seen any scientific studies, but it is by far the most likely. Next is the fittings at the top of the mast
. Third is where the wire crosses the spreaders. Of course if any area of the wire is taped, or has close fitting coverings, or has a piece of rope
tied around it ect. These places also become likely failure points.
Stanchions bending is actually working as intended. They absorb a huge amount of impact load as they bend. Which is why carbon fiber has been disallowed by ORC pretty much since boats first started to use them.
Again, I am not saying I think a failure is likely. There is probably more than enough residual strength to be fine. But it just isn't that expensive to replace them, and the consequences if there is a hidden failure are just too high.