Preventative Standing Rigging Checks

Posted on Thursday 16th April 2015 11:25 by kylechandlers

Do you know that insurance companies have a general ruling that you should change your standing rigging after 10 years whether your craft is used regularly or not? Keeping your rigging in good condition can be a lifesaver but it can be difficult to know when it's time to replace it.

Here are a few standard checks:

Firstly check the gooseneck to see that all fittings are securely riveted on with no movement and there are no bent pins. You can also pack toggles with nylon washers to stop any vertical movement.

Check the booms fittings, especially the kicker attachment for movement and put jointing paste between any other fittings of differing metals as this will prevent wear as they rub together.

Check the mast foot for movement, corrosion and cracks as this is load bearing and must be secure. Also check the T-bar that the mast sits on for any damage and replace if necessary.

If the service drum of your roller-furling gear is sticking try flushing it with a hose to free it from salt, then keep it moving with a dry silicone lubricant.

Free and lubricate any stuck sheaves (a kettle of hot water is ideal for this) and if in doubt, remove retaining pins and check all the bearing surfaces.

U-bolts and shackles can wear on each other so check regularly. It’s also worth tightening up shackle pins and mousing them with a plastic cable tie or monel wire to keep them secure.

These are just a few initial tips to take you on your way to ensuring that your rigging is secure. There are many magazines available with these and other more in-depth preventative tips regarding all considerations when checking standing rigging.