28ft Dutch built steel boat : 40 years old and in excellent condition. Fitted with wooden mast. Picture shows portside top shroud fitting to chainplate, held with nut and bolt. Nut is only held on by a few turns. Previous survey had also picked this up 5 years earlier and the boat had sailed the Irish sea throughout .
Prout Elite 37 1995 : Shroud rigging screw fork secured to chainplate with clevis pin which is in turn secured with cotter pin of split pin type. Pin is improperly split and is ready to fall out thereby losing the shroud and possibily the entire fractional rig. Like the defect mentioned above by Bob, this boat was probably also sailing for many years like this. Some people are just plain lucky.
Nicholson 40DS yacht : A single backstay runs to a splitter and two stays from there to stern deck fittings. This is the swaged fittings on the end of one of the two at the deck end. Both found in the same condition – with threads seriously damaged. Possibly damaged by the recent lowering of the mast.
Swage Terminals banana shaped and with unusually distinct swaging marks. These have been made with an inadequate machine using too many passes and with each pass embrittling the steel. Swaging is poor and therefore standing rigging must be replaced. Additionally standing rigging is over 10 years old and therefore recommended anyway to be replaced