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 service or arrange a professional riggers inspection.

Condition of standing rigging for insurance

The factors effecting insurance are the age, condition.and use.
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.

The scope of a rig inspection includes:

  • identification, masthead, fractional, sloop, ketch, multihull,
  • aluminium, carbon or timber masts, furlers, boom, gooseneck,
  • in-line, aft-swept, diamond, superior and 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 and shroud plates,
  • masthead, spreader, shroud fittings, terminals, lights, aerials aloft,
  • 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 an engine trial.

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