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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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Last edited by sailingdog; 04-16-2007 at 06:14 PM.