Originally Posted by Jasper Windvane
The lifelines quote, for the lines, and associated equipment was $400 plus,
the labor to take off the old lifelines, and I suppose make up new, and then bring back and put on boat ? Like $500 dollars.. I'd think it would be easy to take the lifelines off, bring the old lifelines to a rigging place, get new with new turnbuckles etc. and then pick up, bring back to boat and put on . what am I missing ? As for the mast ? I will wait until more respond..
Unless I missed it, you still haven't mentioned the size or make of the boat. That info would help.
Take a typical lifeline run:
Let's say we're talking about a 35' boat so figure about 30' of 3/16" vinyl coated wire at 1.00 per foot. ($30.00)
Turnbuckle forward ($36.52) to a double gate eye ($37.50)to a pelican hook ($50.00) to a single gate eye ($18.75) to another turnbuckle aft ($36.52.)
That's six swages at six dollars each for a total of $36.00.
That comes out to $245.29 for a single run. Multiply that times 4 and you get $981.16. And that's not counting a stern gate or labor to remove or replace the lines on the boat. If his hourly rate is $80.00 and it takes him an hour to remove and replace, which is optimistic, your total is now $1,061.16
So, believe me, $1,000.00 is not out necessarily of line. It can be a lot less if you have simple lifelines without gates or more if you have extra gates. Without knowing the specifics about the boat, there is no way of saying. However, as mentioned, time is money. If the rigger is quoting the job based on the assumption that he will be removing the lifelines, measuring the boat, replacing all the hardware with new stuff, fabricating and then reinstalling the new lifelines. Then I would say you're getting a deal.