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Old 04-03-2013
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Re: Polishing pulpit and standing rigging

My Pearson also had those covers. They are a terrible idea, don't put them back on. That is what let the mold grow in there.

I found that the mold/moss came off with a bristle brush and water. That let me inspect the standing rigging and see that it is in good (it's since been inspected by a rigger who also gave it the all clear). Had those covers been on longer it's likely that corrosion would have started.

The standing rigging itself for a 22-25' boat is around $400-500. On a boat this size you can likely drop the mast without the help of a crane. You'd want 2 or 3 people though, and at least one of them should be handy. I dropped the mast on my Catalina 25 about a year ago and it went pretty smoothly and allowed me to carefully inspect the rigging, replace masthead equipment, and check on the integrity of the mast step.
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