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    Default DIY Standing rigging

    Has anyone had success when replacing their own standing rigging, there seems to be companies out there that will use your current rigging to generate replacement? Or should i just contract rigger to complete work.

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    It's easy, especially if you have the existing (correct) stuff. But if you've got all the correct lengths it's probably not worth doing it yourself as you will have to use swageless terminals which are more expensive. Suggest you measure eveything up and get some quotes off riggers for swaged terminals and save money by putting it on yourself.
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    Yachting monthly published an article some months back.

    If you can find a yard that has the compression tools you can do it all yourself.

    I'm tempted to try this out next time as you can save a fortune & right now, saving fortunes the only way we'll manage to stay on the water.
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    It is possible to do it yourself with screw on terminals such as Sta Lok or Norseman, but swaged terminals require the machine and a good operator.

    Personally this is one job I would leave to the professionals. Best to have the rigger inspect the mast and rigging, make whatever is required and refit it. Get all the other mast fittings checked as well.

    Plenty of riggers in the Solent who can do the job. Google Yacht Rigging Services or http://www.boatingbusiness.com and search rigging in their marine directory.

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    I did mine. Had generous lengths cut and swaged terminals fitted on the upper end only.
    Then cut accurately to length while hanging and fitted compression terminals at the bottom ends.
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    I took our standing rigging into a chandler that does that sort of thing "Emsworth Habour chandlery" and got the forestay and two mainstays relplicated for 100 last year on our 25ft boat in 5mm, keeping the same turn buckles. I thought that was fairly reasonable.

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    Default Re: DIY Standing rigging

    Like savageseadog says, unless you have the terminations sorted, it's cheaper to go to a supplier. Get the mast down and strip off all the old rigging, bundle it up and take it to the rigger. when he has made the new rigging, fit it yourself.

    Of course, if it is a smaller boat, dinghy or dayboat you may be able to use talurit splices and maybe even borrow the swaging tool (up to 4mm wire) from your club or another member. If the old rigging was made with swageless fittings, you can re-use Sta-Lok or Norseman Gibbs (Navtek) terminals by replacing the internal "wedge". If the ends are possible , then do a Goggle search for the wire you use, e.g. "5mm 1x19 stainless wire rope". That may find you a really cheap supply of the raw material!

    For myself I have a 28ft boat with 6mm rigging, swaged ends. After investigating all possibilities, it proved cheapest to take the old stuff around the corner to Spencer Rigging in Southampton as a pattern and simply collect the finished replacements.

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    There are specialists who will make up rigging to order, either swaged both ends or swaged eye-and-thimble on one end only leaving a free end to cut to length for you to add a swageless terminal.
    If you can get access to a swage press it is fairly straightforward to make up your own stays... so long as you adopt the adage of measure thrice, cut once. I managed to "borrow" the local chandler's press and did all of my 6mm standing rigging in an afternoon using the old stuff as patterns. With ten minutes instruction and a couple of practice tries it went as planned and the rigging actually fitted for length when the mast was stepped.
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I did mine. Had generous lengths cut and swaged terminals fitted on the upper end only.
    Then cut accurately to length while hanging and fitted compression terminals at the bottom ends.

    [/ QUOTE ] But the whole point is saving money, the swageless terminals are excellent but costly and not necessary if you have the right lengths and terminations already. Saving money comes from removing the need for a rigger to attend your boat and becoming a captive market. You can send the basic spec round as many suppliers as you like at virtually zero cost and get the best deal. I wouldn't swage myself as it's a skilled job and there are insurance and liability issues.
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    Last winter I took my standing rigging to SeaTeach (no connection) at Emsworth, and they supplied me with new. No problems fitting, or using the new rig.

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