Originally Posted by forrestmichael
Hi, Just a quick post to say thanks for everyone offering me advice in a previous thread "Strong Boats" I've had an offer accepted on a tired looking Contessa 26, so, subject to the survey not throwing up anything really horrible she's mine!
Now, can anyone tell me how to get the mast down, fit new rigging, (including standing rigging) and then raise the mast and secure the rigging, gulp! She's on the Isle of Man.
I also want to fit a roller furler to the head sail, i assume this will need to be done at the same time as the rigging.
Thanks again for the recommendations.
I suppose your survey showed that you need new standing rigging? Else, why are you replacing it? Are you taking down the mast because you're moving the boat or because you've got the impression that you must replace the standing rigging?
On getting the mast down, usually one can have that done quickly, easily, on a small boat by calling up a local rigger to help you. Get the rigger's rate for the work to be done, you may be very pleasantly surprised. You may also wish to go online and find if there is a owner's group for your boat and ask for specific advice there. look here: http://www.contessa26.net/
You can get all kinds of good info here: http://briontoss.com/
This fellow is a rigger who teaches classes on rigging and has a message board called spartalk where many good things are discussed. I would suggest that you purchase a book or two on rigging. The fellow whose website I linked to also has a reference book called the Riggers Apprentice that I highly recommend.
There a a few other good books out there (one called "Cruising Rigs and Rigging" by Ross Norgrove. You will have to purchase it used, though.
There's lots of info out there about rigging. If your knowledge is really slim, you would be very well served to pick up the Norgrove book via Amazon.com or another vendor of used books; its an easy read.
Good luck with your new boat!