Mast and Rigging

Our standard pre-purchase survey includes the mast and standing rigging from the deck.

We inspect

  • maststep
  • partners
  • compression
  • shroudplates
  • fastenings
  • tie rods

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

Standing rigging, age and condition for insurance

The things that affect your insurance rating are the age and condition. A riggers inspection certificate is required for your insurance.

The industry norm for cruising yachts is 10 years. Less for racing yachts and multihulls at the discretion of a professional rigger and insurance underwriter.

Scope of mast and rigging survey

  • Identification, masthead or fractional, sloop, ketch or multihull rigs
  • Aluminium, carbon or timber masts, furlers, boom, gooseneck and vang
  • Spreaders, in-line, aft-swept, diamonds, superior & inferior for multihulls
  • Keel or deck stepped, partners, compression, shroud plates and tie rods
  • SS1x19, dyform, rod or synthetic, continuous or discontinuous shrouds
  • On deck for turnbuckles and terminals, bow, backstay and shroud plates
  • Aloft for the masthead, spreader, shroud fittings, terminals and fastening
  • Running rigging, wire/rope halyards, topping lifts, reef and control lines
E-Marine Survey - Pre-purchase Condition Survey


Working sails, rigged mainsail and furling jib are raised and inspected during sea trial.

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