We get a lot of queries about rigging so we are answering our 3 most frequently asked questions regarding boat rigging replacement, inspections and checks you can do prior to purchasing, insuring and/ or maintaining your vessel!
Rigging systems comprise of various components that support the mast, and effectively modify the position of the vessel’s spars and sails. The alterations one makes to the rigging is to ensure proper use of the boat. This is based on what the vessel is designed for.
Here are 3 frequently asked questions we hear regarding boat rigging.
1. How often should I replace my rigging?
Many insurance companies requirements of rigging replacement vary. Thats why it is always important to check with your insurance provider. Many insurance providers range between 7-10 years. This depends on how often and how far you usually sail, and whether or not you are sailing blue water. Most standard rigging generally has the lifespan of a decade. The most effective way to replace your rigging is to remove the entire mast and rigging from the vessel, this gives you the opportunity to service all the stays at the same time and make the pairs the same length.
If any of the rigging components look damaged, cracked, or corroded, it's always prudent to seek consultation of a professional to identify if components may require replacing to avoid any further damage from occurring.
2. How often should I have my rigging inspected?
It is common to have your rigging inspected every 2-3 years to check all sailing components. This is essential to ensure smooth and precise sailing, and the overall well-being of your boat. A standard rigging inspection comprises of wire and rod checks and checks of where other components meet the other rigging.
3. What rigging checks should I do myself?
Your mast is surrounded by stainless steel rigging parts that are susceptible to corrosion as time goes by. It is imperative to do standard checks on all components on a regular basis to ensure the well-being of your boat.
Check for bubbling paint and look at gooseneck fittings, mast and spreader bases and the ends of spinnaker poles as these can all be prone to corrosion and damage.
Wires and rods should also be checked. Be mindful of breaks, end fittings and loose strands.
Keep a close eye on your rope clutch, inspect this for any signs of wear.
Look for discolouration on your ropes, as this indicated as UV damage.
As a rule of thumb to wash your running rigging with warm water and soap after every use.
Be sure to cover ropes as well, as UV can cause deterioration.
We also recommend lubricating any moving parts to prevent corrosion.
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