Free guide for safe rigging

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A free guide for sailors, “Inspecting Your Boat’s Mast & Rigging,” is available from BoatU.S. Marine Insurance.

Based on the review of hundreds of BoatU.S. insurance claims files, the eight-panel guide takes sailors through a safety inspection of their boat’s mast and rigging, and advises when to take corrective action.

“This guide will help [sailors] stay safe and protect their investment,” says Bob Adriance, BoatU.S. marine insurance technical services director. “It advises what to look for during periodic inspections so that potential trouble spots can be identified and problems corrected before an accident occurs.”

With text, illustrations and photos, the guide discusses fittings, chain plates, turnbuckles, and terminal fittings, as well as mast-related issues such as welds, rivets, galvanic corrosion and mast steps. Also covered are stays and shrouds, how to perform an examination aloft and professional inspections.

To get the free guide, call (888) 830-2628. www.boatus.com/seaworthy