Inspection of sailboats: Sails and rigging.

Whether it is a Pre-purchase or Condition and Value survey, all care is taken to inspect the sailboat rigging, standing and running as
available to the surveyor. With the mast standing, deck level rigging is examined for signs of failure or imminent failure. Cracks in or rust
stains from swaged terminal, chain plates, turnbuckles, stainless wire, mast connections, toggles, etc., indicate problems. Broken strands
or "fish hooks" are an indication the rigging wire should be replaced. Recommendations may be made for a complete rigging inspection by
a qualified rigging expert in such cases. Running rigging is checked for aged lines, block or sheave failure, operation of track(s) and
travelers, condition of furling equipment, vangs, cunninghams, etc.  There might be a recommendation for an expert rigging inspection
only due to the age or mileage of the system.
(Follow this link to the Navtec Guidelines for Rigging Service). If the mast is down, this allows
more careful inspection of rigging at the masthead including halyard blocks and sheaves, lighting and other electrical components. Dye
penetrant studies are available if cracks in any of the rigging are suspected but not entirely visible. Any stains from rust or water leaks
seen internally near or on the chain plates will generate a recommendation for removal and close inspection of the chain plate and

Inspection of the sails is optional. If off the boat and a clean space is available, the sails can be opened and laid out, inspected for
abrasion damage, stitching failures, tears, cringles' condition, tell tales missing, battens and pockets' condition etc. I require a helper to
open sails then flaking when done. Sails that have lost their shape can only be identified on a sea trial.

Operational condition of the sails and rigging systems can be best ascertained on a sea trial.  
From the Surveyor's Notebook
From the Surveyor's Notebook