[C38] Blue Water Sailing

Max soto maxsoto at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 15:05:50 EST 2021

Hi Patrick, I’m a rigger and the 12 year seems about right. Even if nothing is found on an inspection, I’ll consider a 10 year old rig as suspicious.   If you sit on a chair for ten years doing nothing, you’ll still get old.. ...   same thing applies for the rig, specially on a salty environment.  I’ve been hired for inspections on several boat were and found nothing, but there was a warning to replace them ASAP because rig was just way older than 10 years.  Three of them got dismasted  within one year. Culprit was the wires broke inside the terminal, despite there wasn’t a single crack or visible corrosion on the outside.  
I’ll second that thought that boats that are not used a lot for years will suffer rigging problems when some real stress is applied on them.  The $10000 sounds like and average ballpark price in the US, but if you are handy, I’ll encourage you to do it yourself.    
On boats like ours, chainplate inspection is a must.. ask me how I know that......
Max Soto A.
C38 Estancia #198
Alajuela, Costa Rica

> On Mar 9, 2021, at 10:11, 1derful at comcast.net wrote:
> Rigging and thru haul question
> Blue Eyes has lived in SF Bay and her skipper wants to go South to Oxnard about 500 miles.
> I haven't done that so I found a pilot that will do it. He visited my boat yesterday and asked when was the last time standing rigging was replaced.  I have owned boat for 15 years and haven't replaced.  He said that it should be replaced every 12 years.
> The recommendation seems arbitrary to me.  I rarely raise the main because I sail with a girl friend and usually motor or let out the self furling jib so the standing rigging hasn't stressed.  Should I replace?
> He says it would cost about $10,000 which is ridiculous to spend on a boat which may be worth $25,000.
> Next he noticed rust around the thru hull fitting for the water intake to engine.  Does boat need to be hauled to fix?  It doesn't seem to be leaking but since it was rusted he said that it must be.
> He declared Blue Eyes "unfit for sea travel."
> He seems like a Boy Scout to me.......life is a risk.
> I don't want to be stupid but the chance of Blue Eyes dismasting from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the crew drowning seems negligible.  This skipper only takes Bristol boats.
> Questions are:
> 1. replace standing rigging
> 2. repair thru-hull fitting.
> Patrick
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