Titanium Rigging Parts Info
  Titanium Rigging Parts  

There are different ways to arrange rigging on a ship, depending on the size, type and purpose of the rig.  Standing rigging is the part of a ship's rigging that remains fixed in place, rather than being adjustable while the ship is underway to compensate for changing weather conditions, winds, and needs.  An example of standing rigging can be seen around the masts, where lines known as shrouds hold the masts in tension to keep them upright. The standing rigging consists of a number of components, including rigging for lifelines, toggles and chain plates holding up the mast.

Many types of cables and lines are available for use in standing rigging. Each mast has multiple lines at different heights that pull against one another to stabilize the mast and keep it in place. Without this rigging, the mast wouldn't be able to support the weight of the sails and other rigging, especially in harsh conditions like storms.

The shrouds do not move, as they need to support the mast. This contrasts with running rigging, intended to be adjustable. Sails and their components are all running, allowing sailors to raise and lower them to take advantage of prevailing winds. It is also possible to adjust them by shifting their positions, so as the wind changes direction, the sailors can compensate to keep the boat in motion and on the right heading. Adjustments to the running rigging happen constantly while ships are underway.

Sailors must regularly inspect the rigging along with all attachment points for signs of wear and damage. Hairline cracks, frays, and tears can become a serious problem, as the rigging is under stress, and can be further stressed in bad weather and rough seas. A failure of the rigging could result in serious injuries as well as damage to the ship. In particularly bad conditions, the ship might sink.

Titanium rigging parts have the benefit of being lighter than stainless steel, reducing  weight aloft, while being stronger. Another big benefit of titanium is its ability to shock and fatigue. The final huge benefit of titanium rigging parts is that they are completely corrosion free in the natural environment, including saltwater. This means zero polishing cost to preserve the rigging part.







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