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Inspecting standing rigging

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  1. john6206


    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    64 posts, 6 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US ann arbor
    It's easy to see what is wrong - knowing what needs to be replaced requires experience that I don't have.

    Inspecting the rig on the new (used) boat. The forestay is unwinding at the top end, about 5 inches - likely due to the roller furling. The port lower shroud has several broken wire strands. Some of the hardware is bent, the turnbuckles and some of the t-fittings.

    The backstay seems like it's in good shape. The uppers seem pretty good, although they are not particularly connected to the spreaders very well.

    I think I need to replace the lowers and the forestay. I was kind of shocked at the price from Catalina Direct. But I'm tempted to replace all of the standing rigging. It would be expensive, but it might be valuable to replace it all at once (thinking re-sale value and peace of mind).

    Not sure how old the boat is, it is hull number 467.

    Any advice?

  2. jviss


    Joined Feb 5, 2004
    2,319 posts, 180 likes
    Tartan 3800
    US Westport, MA
    Try Rigging Only in Fairhaven, MA. Great prices, superb turn around.

  3. Don S/V ILLusion

    Don S/V ILLusion

    Joined Sep 25, 2008
    4,989 posts, 240 likes
    Alden 50
    US Sarasota, Florida
    It certainly is expensive but it's more expensive to not replace it. And it sounds like yours is "past due".

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  4. repawn


    Joined Jul 28, 2014
    73 posts, 7 likes
    Oday 22
    US Milwaukee
    I will second rigging only - replaced all standing rigging - plus new open turnbuckles for under $500 on my O'Day 22 with shipping.

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