I just had a rigger survey my Ericson 26, which I just closed on this week in Dana Point. He was recommended by my surveyor. I liked him a lot. He admitted he's getting a bit old to balance on boats, but he climbed the mast and seemed to do a thorough job, including doing a few minor repairs while he was up there. He showed up on time and charged the agreed upon original price ($300) even though he stayed a bit longer than originally planned.
His name is: Richard D'Amico, Independent Rigging, Costa Mesa, CA (949) 645-7613.
I can't guarantee his work since I have not yet sailed the boat since the survey to see if he missed anything crucial. I will be sailing the boat up to Marina del Rey as soon as I can sort out a few mechanical problems, as the prevailing winds mean I need to be able to rely on the iron sail. Not to mention for maneuvering into my slip. But he seemed like a straight shooter to me.
If you contact him, please let him know that I recommended him (Roger - Ericson 26 survey on Sept. 20) and that I did buy the boat!
Welcome to Club Ericson, Roger. May I take your windbreaker? Thank you, here's your claim ticket. The bar is right through that hatch, help yourself. The launch boy will be by soon with passed hors d'oeuvres.