Rig Surveys

Rig Surveys involve the thorough inspection of standing and running rigging, rigging attachment points, chainplates and supporting members, spars, mast step(s), and all blocks and fairleads.

Ideally this survey should be carried out with the mast(s) un-stepped so that loading areas can be closely inspected. However, un-stepping and re-stepping rigs can be expensive, and not every yard has a crane. The alternative is to inspect the rigging in situ. With IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) qualifications I can safely climb and traverse stepped rigs without the need for support. I take the number of a yard operative and make them aware of my intentions and make sure they know how to lower me safely in an emergency. Then I go aloft and complete the survey independently.

I rig climbing ropes so the vessels lines are not damaged, and I fastened the rope to multiple areas for added security.

Many photos and videos are created so as to show you exactly what has been inspected and tested, and this is compiled into a report which is emailed to you.

While carrying out a rig survey, I am able to replace fittings in situ if the replacements are onboard such as shackles and blocks. This saves you lots of time and energy, especially if you don't like heights.

If there is any concern that a fitting which can't be closely inspected is damaged, such as the loading face of a T-bar swage, or the rigging attachment point on a mast cap tang, then the recommendation will be to un-step the mast for inspection of load bearing areas.

 

Rig surveys are especially important prior to, or following, an extended offshore passage, a season's cruising or following heavy weather at sea. Don't let out of sight be out of mind.

The cost of a rig survey depends on the size of the vessel and number of masts, as well as any extra time taken to replace parts where necessary. However, I always try to be fair and reasonable with my time, and will always offer the best service at reasonable prices.

Feel free to give me a call or send a message if you have any questions about rig surveys. MARINE SURVEYOR YACHT SURVEYOR NEAR ME BOAT SURVEYOR LONDON ESSEX KENT

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