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Sailboat Rigging | Top Ten List

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By Buttons Padin | McMichael Yacht Brokers 

Top-10 things you should know to optimize your rig for safety and performance!

1. Salt water can be your rigging’s enemy

  • Fresh water rinsing
  • Simply put...salt is bad – lines, fittings, sails, acrylics, gelcoat

2. Corrosion control is critical

  • Check swages, rigging fitting

3. Watch for chafing

  • Lines, sails against shrouds, canvas

4. Be mindful of rig tension and fatigue

  • Shrouds, spreaders, when backstay is eased off
  • Ease backstay on the mooring

5. Secure your boom and wheel/tiller properly when putting away boat

  • Goosenecks and vang toggles, mainsheet shackles, bales

6. Halyard breasting will save your running rigging

  • So they don’t hit
  • What do to with halyards you’re not using

7. Know which lubricants to have onboard

  • Types and brands – to keep parts moving on their boats

8. Winches – what to look out for during regular use

  • Maintenance, service
  • indications of potential problems

9. Control line

  • Leading purchase
  • Block and tackle thinking

10. Tools to have on board

  • Socket set
  • Knife
  • Plyers
  • Wrenches
  • Cutting tools – hack saw, wire cutter or bolt cutter,
  • Sail repaid kit
  • Head lamp

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