Originally Posted by gorilliamos
How long does rigging generally last? Thanks!
That's one of the problems with wire rigging, it could last a few more years or fail next week
. We have just replaced ours at 10 years. However, it did have that nice pretty white plastic stuff all over it. What you don't see though is the muck that gets trapped inside which then attracts water
so the wire is constantly damp. I wasn't prepared to risk the mast
coming down mid English Channel
at night in a gale so $2000 later it's all replaced. Also took the opportunity to replace the halyards most of which were original 22 years old rope
to wire with new dyneema
. Similar stretch characteristics but no join.
I would suggest if yours is 20 years old it's time to replace soon. If you haven't bought the boat yet then reduce your offer to the value of new rigging, I wouldn't buy a boat with 20 year old rigging without factoring its replacement. Ideally you pay less and then have the rigging replaced straight away, so that you are paying to have the job done properly, not a quick lash up to sell the boat.