Hello I live in the Chicago/Milwaukee area and need help finding someone to rig my small boat. I have looked on line but my searches do not offer any help. Any recommendation would be great. The boat is stored in Twin Lakes Wi.
What is the make of the boat? What do you mean by "small" (tell us the length)? For the most part boats under a certain length are rigged fairly straightforward and if you see how one is done you can figure out yours.
Lots of small boat rigging videos but probably someone in your area will be able to help in person. Another idea is to search online for a local sailing club and email and ask if someone would help you. I can't imagine anyone saying no.
Thanks for the link but I have no experience with the rig at all. I plan to learn to sail on my Nordica and have halyards pulled out of the mast and cannot seem to get my mind wrapped around on how the should go. I have had a number of attempts at getting the mast stepped and the sails up without success. Just at the point to get it to a rigger and smile and pay. How do I find a rigger?
Call Larsen Marine in Waukegan, illinois and maybe take your boat there.
Or some of the boat yards in Racine, Wisconsin--or on river in Milwaukee. Or if you see a sailor messing with her/his boat. ( or go to boat show).
......My experience with Larsen service is the Best. They will/can help you
with everything and give you some confidence to sail & rig your boat.
..(remember the draft of your boat, but most sailors get grounded sometime).
Sounds like you may need some "hands on" in person help like at Larsens
Post photos here, we'll help you figure it out. It'll be a learning experience. Doesn't get much more straightforward than a Nordica 16. Guy had one at the end of my dock, didn't even bother with a motor, just paddled it out. Two shrouds and a forestay, jib and main halyards, no backstay...
My guess that your rigger is in the BVI right about now. Riggers aren’t usually in the business of stepping the mast on daysailers so if one does respond, be prepared to spend more than a couple hundred dollars. They ain't cheap. You probably don’t need him as you most likely possess all the skills to rig, you just need confidence.
I did a very quick search on the internet and there is plenty of information out there for your boat including brochures and what passes for an owner’s manual (these were very basic documents back in the seventies – I used to own a seventies vintage Catalina). Really simple, looks to me to have external halyards. Rig them before stepping the mast. Main stb side, jib port is the usual configuration. Step the mast while the boat is on the trailer – not in the water. Attach backstay and [side] shrouds to boat. Move mast base aft from the pulpit so it is over the mast step. Starting from the stern lift up the mast and walk forward, pivoting the mast in the step. Either walk the headstay forward or have your assistant attach the headstay. Adjust all shrouds so the mast is plumb from side to side and has a slight rake aft. Tighten them so there isn’t any play in the shroud and they all “feel” about the same tightness. When satisfied, mark the turnbuckle screws with tape so it will be faster the next time. Rig the boom, mainsheet and bend on the main. Launch the boat. Rig the jib and it’s sheets. Raise sail, sail away.
If you are still unsure, I’d be happy to help you for free – Just pay for my airfare from San Francisco. Or if you want the cheaper solution, take a bunch of photos of the stuff you are unsure of and we’ll work it out over the internet.
Give Gene Cramer at the Horny Goat Marina in Milwaukee a call. Gene has lots of experience and might have a recommendation. Also you may want to contact the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and talk to any of the staff there as they are also very helpful.