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Old 12-10-2016, 09:31   #1
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Hiring a qualified rigging specialist in Charleston, SC

I am having my boat shipped from Cleveland, Ohio to Charleston, SC early next month.

How do I find a qualified rigging specialist to put my boat back together?

I was given a referral from my shipping company but the guy is asking $1800 (roughly $300/hr).
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Re: Hiring a qualified rigging specialist in Charleston, SC

The guys in our yard always took down the mast and secured it to the boat with protection. Will your yard do the work?
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The guys in our yard always took down the mast and secured it to the boat with protection. Will your yard do the work?
The guys in Cleveland have already done the work to get it prepared for shipping. I need to hire a new guy in Charleston to help me put it back together.

I am having the boat delivered to Charleston City Boatyard. I am sure they have people there that can do the job but I am looking for a specialist that can calibrate/tune my rig.
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The guys in Cleveland have already done the work to get it prepared for shipping. I need to hire a new guy in Charleston to help me put it back together.

I am having the boat delivered to Charleston City Boatyard. I am sure they have people there that can do the job but I am looking for a specialist that can calibrate/tune my rig.
Why don't you ask them to recommend someone?
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Why don't you ask them to recommend someone?
Not sure it makes sense to ask a business that offers a service what other business they recommend for that same service...
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Anyone with a Loos gauge can tune a rig. The final tuning is when you go sailing.
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If the rig was in tune when the mast came down and they marked the turnbuckles positions with tape, its a DIY job to put it back up.
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Anyone with a Loos gauge can tune a rig. The final tuning is when you go sailing.
Technically, yes but mistakes can be made so I need to hire somebody that I can trust.

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If the rig was in tune when the mast came down and they marked the turnbuckles positions with tape, its a DIY job to put it back up.
I have my doubts about it being done properly in the past...
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So is $300/hour normal for a job like this?
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Re: Hiring a qualified rigging specialist in Charleston, SC

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So is $300/hour normal for a job like this?
Not unless there are several folks working on things the whole time
Then again, I'm in favor of the DIY with a Loos gauge route. It's not a complex thing, & is one that's good to know how to do. Even if it means hiring someone to school you on how to do it. Though most of the key information is quite readily accessable.

Primarily what you're doing with the Loos gauge is tuning your shrouds to a percentage of their rated strength via the turnbuckles. This, after ensuring that the rig is in the boat straight, it's secured on the step, & is properly chocked. Along with some other details.



When you're looking at fees for installing & tuning the rig, ask specifically what they'll do to it for you. As there's more required than can done by anyone in 6hrs, or on many boats of size, even twice that. If they're to be getting it ready so that all that's needed is to bend on the sails for the final tuning, on her initial sail in her new home port.

Especially if unpacking/unwrapping it is being hired out to them, along with inspecting all of the pieces & systems prior to stepping it. And then connecting the electrical wiring, electronics, & hydraulics, along with stepping it, & connecting & tuning the rigging.

So if they're doing all of the above (& more that I skipped mentioning), then $2k is cheap for putting the rig into a boat of any size. Say over 11m or so.
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