I had an idea to hire out running rigging replacement on a 30ft sloop, with nothing fancy, just a double braid polyester. The estimate turned out to be 1700-2000+. So I told the rigger to replace just the main halyard for now (and I will do the rest by myself). He wants close to $500 for the halyard. This seems like at least 4x or 5x the cost of materials. Does this seem reasonable or am being taken for a ride?
I just spent an inordinate amount of time researching and then purchasing new running rigging. Fortunately I have all the original specs for my sailboat ... if you don't try looking here Sailboatdata.com is the worlds largest sailboat and sailing yacht database with more than 8000 sailboats, sailing yachts, and sailing dingies listed.
I'm modifying deck layout and running everything back to the cockpit ... no real existing hardware (I have to purchase) so it was relatively easy to spec size.
I sketched out each and every line ... measured what I could to determine what I wanted/needed ... read as many posts as I could here and on Cruiser's Forum
and Anything Sailing
regarding grade and quality ... personally spoke with 2 riggers and 3 chandleries ... got quotes from Cajun Rope
(good place to look and compare notes as they have premade kits id'd for many size boats) and two other places as well as searching ebay for bulk ...
and in the end ... ending up purchasing at R&W Rope
... (as suggested by SailingDog somewhere here awhile ago) ... great helpful people and very competitive pricing ...
You might just give them a try ... (no affliation)
and yes ... do it yourself ... I'm 63 and not the most mechanically inclined ... but it sure aids in learning ...
hope this helps ...