Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Online Resource for the Offshore Sailor

Very helpful info in this piece from Ocean Navigator on the care & feeding of rigging. Most of us recognize that rigging needs periodic tuning and in older or heavily used boats, sometimes a complete refit, but nothing will drive that point home more than having something go wrong with a spar under a blow. The expense and hassle of rigging makes it a prime choice to ignore - as the article points out, a quality cruising rig for a 40-foot vessel may well cost $20,000 to $25,000...but consider both your standing and running rigging to be akin to the struts on an airplane wing. You don't want to find something isn't well cared for at 30,000 feet. I've always enjoyed Ocean Navigator for their pragmatic look at some of the unsexy but necesssary aspects of sailboats but hadn't known that their content was online. The whole site is chock-a-block with good stuff.

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