Mast and Rigging

Our standard pre-purchase survey includes the mast and standing rigging from the deck. Internal survey for  the condition of the maststep, compression, tie rods, shroud plates and fastenings.

A rig inspection aloft is recommended prior to offshore navigation.
We provide this on request or arrange a professional riggers inspection.

Standing rigging, condition for insurance

The factors effecting insurance are the age, use and condition.
A riggers inspection is recommended for insurance appraisal.

The industry norm for cruising yachts is 10 years; less for racing yachts and multihulls.
At the discretion of a professional yacht rigger and the underwriter.

Scope of mast and rigging survey

  • Identification of masthead, fractional, sloop, ketch or multihull
  • Aluminium, carbon or timber masts, furlers, boom, gooseneck
  • In-line, aft-swept, diamond, superior & inferior spreaders
  • Keel/deck step, compression, tie rods, shroud plates, fastenings
  • SS 1×19, dyform, rod or synthetic, continuous or discontinuous
  • Turnbuckles, swage terminals, bow, backstay, shroud fittings
  • Masthead, spreader, shroud fittings, terminals, and fastenings
  • Running rigging, halyards, topping lifts, reefing and control lines
E-Marine Survey - Pre-purchase Condition Survey


Working sails including a rigged mainsail and furling jib are usually raised  for inspection during the engine trial.

The sail wardrobe is identified, and a sail makers inspection recommended.