Standing Rigging

Vertical cracks (1) can be caused by the expansion when water enters the swaged terminal and rust begins; horizontal cracks (2) are generally caused by metal fatigue.

DIY Rig Check

The signs of corrosion and metal fatigue are often well-hidden

Here are two good examples showing the problems associated with the lower or deck level use of swage terminals for your standing rigging. “Swaging” is a process where tubular stainless steel fittings are essentially crimped onto rigging wire under high pressure.

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