Rigging Inspections

Level 1 – Deck Inspection
(Included with Pre-Purchase and Insurance Inspections)

  • Chainplates, turnbuckles, swage fittings, and toggles at the deck.
  • Wire condition.
  • Fittings and mast tubing.
  • Appendages such as roller furlers and spinnaker poles; also includes lazy jacks.
  • Spreader angle.
  • Function of all deck hardware is tested.
  • Stanchions and lifelines are checked.

Level 2 – Aloft Inspection
(Level 1 plus full aloft inspection at additional cost)

  • All standing and running rigging with emphasis on wire and line chafing.
  • Sheaves and blocks.
  • Inspection for fitting wear, fractures and corrosion.
  • Condition of welds at mast head and spreader bases along with the gooseneck fitting.
  • General mast extrusion condition and tuning of the rig and spreaders.
  • Clevis pins and connecting points throughout the rig.
  • Running rigging such as winches and cam cleats.
  • Mounting hardware.
  • Operation of all mast lights is confirmed.
  • Please be sure to inform us well in advance if you would like a level 2 inspection, so we’re sure to bring the necessary equipment to go aloft.
Rigging Inspection

A Level-1 rigging inspection is included with the Pre-Purchase survey and Insurance survey. It is completed at deck level only using a monocular from the vessel and dock. This inspection covers general observations and function of the rigging.

The Level-2 rigging inspection is a complete inspection of all rigging. It is completed aloft using a bosun’s chair. A full level 2 service takes several hours of time to perform and will require an additional fee. It may not always be able to be completed on the same day as a pre-purchase survey. Any vessel with rigging over ten years old, rigging that has not had a Level-2 inspection completed in the past five years, or rigging on a vessel expected to go offshore in the near future should have a Level-2 inspection completed. Additionally, if a vessel is heading offshore and has not had its mast removed and inspected in the past 10 years, it is recommended that a Level-2 inspection is completed. Please note that in some cases insurance companies are now requiring Level-2 rigging inspections be performed prior to insuring a vessel.

Swage Fitting Looks Okay
Swage fitting looks okay...
Dye Reveals a Fracture
Dye reveals a fracture

Dye Testing Available

We also offer dye testing when needed. Dye testing, also known as a Magnaflux test, is designed to display fractures in metal so they are visible to the human eye. Dye testing may be suggested in cases of possible damage to a mast. We have performed dye testing for many of the local rigging shops and boatyards.