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Old 04-05-2015, 20:03   #1
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Advice on replacing standing rigging

I am in need of advice of what I should do about the standing rigging on my Naigara 35. The boat is now over 30 years old and while it has been very well cared for, it is getting pretty old and I am concerned that I am at risk of a rigging failure at some point if I don't replace the Navtec rod rigging.

I have heard of the elaborate testing procedures to determine if the termination swage points are fatigued and I get it that the answer is probably "just replace it", but I wanted to hear if others think that this may be overkill for a purely weekend sailor who sails within sight of land up,and down the New England coast.

Also, if I do,replace it, any thoughts on the issues of switching from rod rigging to wire rigging?
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Old 04-05-2015, 20:35   #2
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Re: Advice on replacing standing rigging

If you decide to switch to wire rigging you should go up a size in diameter.
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Re: Advice on replacing standing rigging

As always I recommend referring to the manufacturers recommendations. Navtec recommends a complete disassembly and dye penetration inspection (plus a good bit of other tests) every six years or 40,000 miles. Whichever comes first. At the age your rigging is I wouldn't even bother testing it.

Switching to wire instead of replacing the rod may raise some issues. First it really needs to be reengineered by a competent rigger to retain the same strength. And you may have some issues matching pin size for that wire to the chainplates you already have.
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Re: Advice on replacing standing rigging

Have you considered to change into dyneema? Very easy and DIY
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