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matthewwhill 08-28-2013 05:53 PM

Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

I have decided to have all my standing rigging replaced and get a new main halyard as well as convert a gate valve thru hull to a proper seacock.

I have used Yacht Fitters before, but they are not returning my calls or emails (perhaps my litttle 24 footer is not worth their time...). Anyone have any other suggestions or experience in the Seattle area?

No trailer, want to haul out at Lake Union or Ballard.


matthewwhill 08-28-2013 06:50 PM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
And another question:
Just got a quote from Seattle Boat Works and it will cost almost as much as I paid for the boat so.... I had the rigging inspected and was told there was nothing dangerous and nothing that looked as if it would fail. But there was "candy caning" of the metal which apparently is a sign of some fatigue.

How often does one usually have the standing rigging replaced in a boat that is used about once a week, not for cruising extended periods, and rarely in winds greater than 20 knots?

Sabreman 08-28-2013 07:30 PM

Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
The rule of thumb is to replace every 20 years or so if there are no visible signs of wear or strand breakage. With that said, many rigs ( including mine) are still going strong after more than 20 years.

An option is to send the old shrouds to and have them make replacements. They are quite reasonable

blt2ski 08-28-2013 10:19 PM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
West marine and possibly Fisheries has the ability to replace what you have. There is another rig place IIRC with in CSR on the cut, or maybe the one out at shilshoal........


Alex W 08-28-2013 10:46 PM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
Fisheries recently redid their rigging department and I believe you can now DIY new standing rigging with their tools. I would expect the raw materials assembled to cost somewhere in the ballpark of $500.

I had my boat hauled at CSR and had the forestay replaced as part of installing a new furler. They did the work for a pretty reasonable price, but it still involved a lot of labor and that is the expensive part. DIY should be possible on a 24' boat and would save you money. It would probably take two mechanically inclined but not expert people a day to drop the mast, replace all rigging, and put the mast back up, based on my experience with my Catalina 25.

Small boats often are often sold for a lower price than any major piece of work (or maybe two) costs on them.

blt2ski 08-29-2013 12:12 AM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

You're right he does have a smallish boat. Two folks "SHOULD" be able to lower the mast at a slip or equal, and take it ashore and remove the current wires etc, take them to the rig shop at Fisheries or WM or Yachtmasters or Knotty on this site, or equal, then a few days later, put everything back on, and raise the mast. OR, as noted, if Fisheries will let you use there tools etc, do it there. Not positive Cliff at WM will allow that, but you can still get everything from there if need be.


Waltthesalt 08-29-2013 02:05 AM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
there's two places in Port Townsend... Brian Toss and Port Townsend rigging

MedSailor 08-29-2013 02:14 AM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
I had really good luck with the CSR yard. Good people. Yard work is expensive though, and there isn't really any yard that specializes in rigging. That's not generally what they do.

That said, you're really better off pulling the mast and doing the work yourself. What I would do if I were you is befriend someone at Shilshole that has a key fob for the dry storage area. That means you can use their crane to pull your mast.

Pull the mast, take off all the wires, measure carefully, and place your order with RiggingOnly. Reverse the process and sail away with all new rigging.

So.... do you really need new rigging or have you just been spending too much time on SailNet and the fear has started to creep in? Better look at those chainplates while you're at it, they might be waiting to explode. Checked your keel bolts lately???

I guess what I'm saying is that maintenance is good, and important, but don't let yourself get so caught up in the "what if it fails" that you never go out and sail your boat. Replace what needs replacing, but don't get carried away....


blt2ski 08-29-2013 08:45 AM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
Meds point about the chainplates is a good one. An SJ28 a couple of weeks ago at the Pink Boat regatta at shilshoal lost a mast, The WHOLE blinken chain plate pulled out of the deck upwards, then the rig went down. Fortunately no one was hurt. Look around for other potential issues. At the same time, for how I have seen you say you sail........


aeventyr60 08-29-2013 08:50 AM

Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?
If you go inside the locks and get a berth at ballard mill marina you could live aboard and work on the mast next door at sea view boat yard. Bars and restaurants close by too...

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