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08-30-2013 09:49 AM
hriehl1
Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

While not specifically asked by the OP, I did recently replace all my own standing rigging using Wire and Norseman fittings I bought from RiggingOnly.com (they were very responsive). It was VERY easy... all 8 wires completed in around 3 hours and I spent perhaps half of what I would have spent having it done. I'm also happier with the (reusable) Norseman terminals than I would have been with swages.

You may not be interested in a DIY solution, but if you've even thought about it, I can tell you that my first (and only) time doing it myself went fine.
08-29-2013 10:58 PM
blt2ski
Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

Matthew,

CSR is probably the 2nd best yard in the seattle area, not sure who first is! Everyone else is third or farther down the list.

Marty
08-29-2013 04:39 PM
matthewwhill
Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

Got a very reasonable bid from CSR to replace rigging, new main halyard and changing a gate valve thru hull to a proper seacock. Going to go with them unless anyone has had bad experiences with them....

Maybe I'll have them prep the hull and then I'll put on a new coat of paint....

Apparently they do rigging work on sailboats.
08-29-2013 10:09 AM
blt2ski
Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

Quote:
Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
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...
Sea view only has the one yard at shilshoal now. Most of the biggeryards like seaview and csr are down to one location due to a political move a few years back, along with the local/national depresion going on. At least in Seattle proper. Both still have yards elsewhere 20-30 miles away.

Then the OP does not live aboard a ranger 23!

Marty
08-29-2013 09:50 AM
aeventyr60
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...
08-29-2013 09:45 AM
blt2ski
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........

Marty
08-29-2013 03:14 AM
MedSailor
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....

MedSailor
08-29-2013 03:05 AM
Waltthesalt
Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

there's two places in Port Townsend... Brian Toss and Port Townsend rigging
08-29-2013 01:12 AM
blt2ski
Re: Getting standing rigging replaced in Seatte- suggestions?

Alex,

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.


Marty
08-28-2013 11:46 PM
Alex W
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.
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