I found this forum while searching for rigging
information, and was amazed at the well informed posts in regards to that and other topics. I find the administrators, moderators and contributions here of such a high standard that I'm simply grateful to be able to join.
After contemplating things for a year, I am working to get my sailboat ready for offshore
use. I am currently in Australia
and she is a relatively narrow beam, 43ft moderate fin keel
built in fibreglass in the 1980s (designer Peter Cole).
I am currently up to my elbows in grease smears based on the somewhat contradictory premise that, before I venture out under sail, my inboard diesel engine
must be in good order. Next step would be to replace the standing rigging
with bronze turnbuckles and Stalok (or similar) swageless terminals. All these things seem to take much longer than they should, but at least I'm improving my modest maintenance
abilities along the way.