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RIGGING - ROUTINE INSPECTION SAVES DOLLARS

When it comes to rigging best practice, prevention is key: “Replacing a piece of rigging is always more affordable than dealing with the mess of a dismasting,” says HYS Senior Rigger Laura Slye. But what are the items to be aware of? Standing Rigging—Know the age of your rigging: stainless-steel wire rigging has a lifespan of 10–12 years, rod rigging 15-20 years depending on the environment, and use. If it’s old, replace it. Whatever its age, inspect it: if something is bent, cracked, or not right, replace it. Furlers—Salt corrosion can lead to costly replacements for genoa or in-mast furlers. Furlers should be inspected and serviced annually and cleaned with freshwater whenever possible. Ru

KYLE MURPHY - HYS NEWEST ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN

One of the newer technicians at Hodgdon Yacht Services is also one of the youngest, but Kyle Murphy has had some amazing experiences despite his youth. Kyle came to HYS in January 2019 and works on customers’ electronic systems with Don Oakman (our lead electronics technician at HYS). He also works on other systems and is excited by the all-around experience he’s getting from “all the other great technicians.” He grew up in Harpswell, Maine, and on leaving school considered various options, but in the end it was the Marine Corps that called him. He was just 18 when he joined up and at 19 he qualified as a helicopter crew chief, described online as “besides the pilot, the person with the most

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