Originally Posted by transmitterdan
I wish there was a data base of failures so we had some facts to go on. You are right that if the mast comes down having a replacement stay is moot. But if the mast doesn't fail then a replacement stay is a handy thing. Discontinuous rigging isn't my cup of tea whether wire or rod.
Some myths in this thread. Rod can be rolled up and shipped by surface truck. The roll will be a little bigger than wire but not a lot and it will weigh significantly less. Rod can be inspected with a Magna Flux kit but the rig has to come out to do it right. Rod can be reheaded 90% of the time. Sometimes reheading doesn't work.
These days (i.e. last couple of years) I hear some complaining about wire prematurely rusting. It seems to be a quality control issue. I know a couple cruisers who rerigged with wire and a year later had barber pole rusty wire. One or two surface strands were discolored but the rest looked new.
Obviously I have an interest in Valiants so I try to learn about rod failures. I know of two Valiant rig failures. One was in the back stay insulator. Another was due to failure of a chain plate
. Both of these were without warning as most rig failures are. I don't think that indicates a huge problem with rod rigging.
Nothing wrong with rod, regarding failures, it happen, but no database i guess, we change few rod rigging for wire , customers choice, and we found some cold heads micro cracked and 2 bronze thread cones cracked as well but like wire swages ,, Premature rusted wire is a fact, just take a look for example a Brand new Lagoon
with few weeks at sea , good quality wire is there as well as crapy junk , and like you ask about failures in rod, ok, i own in the past a C&C
40, rod rigged , i sold the boat in 89 to a Young couple ,old rod rigging and i explain to this guys to take a independent rigging survey
but they refuse , 8 months later they dismast the boat and i got a headhache , they try to claim to me the damage... Cheers..