[QUOTE=inspectr;1897700]I have a 1998 Dufour
35 Classic in Sydney Australia
Early this year the old Raymarine Rotavector wind transducer on the mast failed, which we later found out was due to a bearing seizing. Cant complain the unit was 17 years old!
Got a rigger to go up the mast and remove it with the intention of replacing the unit with a more modern Raymarine unit which I had bought previously.
Problem 1 was that the builders of the boat had used a conduit inside the mast to run the three wire cable to the wind unit, and the cables
inside the conduit which included VHF radio
, masthead light, Nav lights and deck
lights had been cable tied together. There was no way that the old three core
cable could be used as a messenger. The rigger would not run the new cable loose in the mast for fear of cable chafe with the halyards - fair enough.
Only way to fix this was for the mast to come out.
There are many other areas on this boat where the convenience of the builders was considered to the complete exclusion of any thought of the problems of replacing wires, pipes and conduits in the future.
Problem 2 - on safety
and liability grounds the riggers would not re-use ANY of the existing standing rigging and it all "had to the replaced"
Problem 3 - their estimate - not a firm price
, was $4500 AUD
In their favour, the riggers refused to bill me for the hour or so of work on the basis of "no cure no pay"
The boat remains without a wind instrument to my continuing annoyance as the boat's purser (the wife) refuses to allow me to spend that much money!!
It really is a case of too many lawyers - the riggers are not able to do the mast removal
with the old standing rigging and will not (cannot under our laws?) accept any indemnity from me to just to do the work
I must say that removing the mast on this boat, with furling headsail, boom bag, lazy jacks, gas strut vang, etc would not be a job I would like to take on.[/
I don't know your boat, but I can't see a vessel of comparative size in which removing these items is particularly difficult or time consuming. I thought it was as you do, until I actually did it last year and found it was really quite easy.
From what you have said, I don't think you have a choice. If your standing rigging is too dangerous to reuse, then I'd suggest it's probably too far gone to leave on the boat and go sailing with.
$4500 to replace all the rigging, and run new wires inside the mast and new wind transducer seems about fair to me.
well worth it for the peace of mind given what you have described is your problem.