I posted once already and it has disappeared (not sure if that's the mods or me making a glitch), but:
- I looked at rigging work in that region. I had either competence or price
concerns (or both) in relation to the Phuket operators. David at BL seems like a good guy, but the prices charged by his employer and BL are first world prices at best.
- Regarding other operators, I would get some feedback from actual riggers who know the ops you're dealing with. (e.g. Roll Tasker recommended a poly-braid luff to me for a large code zero
. Buyer beware.)
- I second Anne Cate's comment about getting a mast from oz/nz or something. you might find you can fly an NZ rigger up to do the work with the mast cheaper than a Phuket rigger. It should be cheaper to do this sort of thing with SE Asian labour costs, but it's not.
- don't overlook Langkawi. It's generally cheaper if you can find the expertise, and much easier to import
things to, including rigging and masts. There is a rigger there (Luigi?) but he works on pretty big boats ($$, maybe?).
- If you have issues with sails, I recommend Philip Auger in Langkawi. Good guy, you'll find him online easily. He may have suggestions on rigging, now he's on the ground in Langkawi, so you could do worse than to contact him for ideas. If you can find the mast itself, a bunch of guys are floating around who have the skills to get a mast up if you go swageless.
Oh, and finally, if you're gonna spend ages in one spot round there, pick a nice one. Eg Rebak is a far nicer place to be stuck on the hard
than Boat Lagoon.