a beautiful boat should sail forever.
In our first rigging email Captain Clyde mentioned the following.
"One thing to look for, and look carefully for, is cracks in the ends of the swage fittings. These can show up as a fine line radiating out to the edge of the fitting from the cable. It seems that water can be drawn into the spaces between the cable strands by capillary action, then freeze and eventually expand the fitting to the point of splitting. I know that in some cases of splits in metal (such as in aircraft skins and propellers) that a possibly failing piece of metal can be saved by a careful filing or grinding to a very smooth surface can prevent total failure. But once found and so treated it needs to checked often; the frequency decided by the owner. That said, I know that many Newporters lasted many years and knowing something of human nature a lot of them likely lived their life without once having the swage fittings checked. I would guess that the vast majority of these being checked and found wanting and then replaced where checked by professional riggers."
I included this picture to let him know I was paying attention! View "full size" and click on plus sign to get could look.