Originally Posted by denverd0n
Note to other readers... This is something that you should make clear with your surveyor BEFORE the survey.
Good advice. Unfortunately a lot of buyers might just assume (very logically so) that a rig inspection
should be part of a sailboat survey and not ask until too late.
Of course not doing a rig survey to me is insane but when I was a yacht broker in south Florida
and dealt with a lot of surveys I only found one guy that would go up the mast.
When I bought my last boat I couldn't find a surveyor in NY that would go up the mast so I did it myself. FYI he gave risk, liability and insurance
as reasons why he didn't go up the mast. And to be fair, the surveyor I used to use in Ft Lauderdale did indeed fall, land on the yacht broker and got sued. Them some might consider landing a yacht broker's head
to be a good thing.
Doing a rig survey isn't really rocket science. Take a Scotch Brite scrubbing pad or something similar and a magnifying glass. Go to each swage fitting, polish to a bright shine and inspect very closely with the glass for any cracks, splits or imperfections. Look closely at any rust areas. Do the same for all the tangs on the mast, toggles and turnbuckles on the rigging. On the way up and down look at all the wires for rusty areas or damage. If any concern run your hand up each wire to feel for fishhooks. Don't forget to take band-aids to stop the resulting blood or wear some gloves.
Not usually an issue but you should probably check the mast as well. Look for any damage, kinks, bends, major corrosion