The Rigging Survey is recommended before you carry out any period of extended cruising or when your Yachts Rigging Wires (standing rigging) are more than a few years old. Some Insurance Companies will require that you replace your rigging wires every ten years, other Insurance companies will only continue to insure you only if you have a Rigging Survey.
There are two methods of surveying the rig, with the mast stepped (standing) or un-stepped (lowered). The most effective method of surveying the rig is to un-step the mast and inspect the spars when supported horizontally on stands. This should be done periodically during the life of a sailing yacht. Interim inspections can be carried out with the rig stepped (standing).
Insurance companies will generally not expect a rig to be un-stepped for inspection, so at Robs Marine Surveying the Rig Survey for insurance generally involves the surveyor going up the mast (inspection from aloft). We also have experience in surveying spars constructed of different materials including; Aluminium, alloy, carbon, wood and steel.
Rig surveys for yachts up to and around 12 metres (40 feet) are normally completed within two or three hours. Rig Surveys on larger yachts with multiple spars are generally completed within one day.