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Rigging Survey - what does it really mean?

We need to provide a rigging survey for an insurance rider for a trip we are taking. We got the boatyard to check the rigging etc, and we had the chainplates rebed etc. They climbed the mast etc and replaced some things and checked halyards. My question is what quantifies as a "rigging survey" and what is the qualification to conduct one? What does "rigging survey" really mean?

With a boat survey I know to expect a complete written analysis of what was found during the survey - Repairs needed and advised etc. Is there normally an equivalent written survey report for a rigging survey? What specifically is the insurance company looking for?

And also, while we're at it... How much have others spent for a rigging survey?
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While I haven't paid for a rigging survey recently enough for the price to mean anything... a rigging survey should generally be conducted by a qualified rigger. It is essentially an inspection of the mast, shrouds, stays, chainplates, spreaders and other components of the standing rigging. Often, the running rigging is not included, as it is not "structural" but functional.

You should get a report of what was inspected, and the condition of what was found, plus a list of recommendations for what needs to be replaced, retuned or repaired.

The reason an insurance company will generally want an inspection of the rigging is that the rigging is an exceptionally large part of the boat's overall value. Also, having the mast come down can lead to further losses... up to and including the boat.

Things that the insurance company wants to know include whether the tangs, chainplates, turnbuckles, toggles, swages, spreaders, shrouds, spars and stays are sound and not due for imminent failure. Also, they generally want to know that the rig is properly sized, adjusted and tuned so as not to put undue and unnecessary strain on any of the components, which can lead to failure.
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I'm sure the rigging expertise of a particular yard can vary from nil to thorough. I think SD answered your question, my advice would be to clarify with your insurance company just what they expect and proceed accordingly. I would think they would want a written report as outlined by SD prepared by a local equivalent of Brion Toss Yacht Riggers Rigging Services .
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Thanks SD - That's very helpful. I didn't know if I or the insurance company should expect a written report - It sounds like that's what we should have.

Thanks for the link SF!
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