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Rigit UK are rigging specialists servicing yachts throughout the UK. Based in Southampton we can create standing and running rigging up to 32mm in diameter, providing for the needs of almost all yachts in British waters. Our mobile service means any location is covered, and we use the best quality hardware from the world’s top marine manufacturers. Find the service your looking for here:

 

Our preferred supplier for new masts is Selden, the world leader in the construction of masts, spars and rigging systems. Selden’s range of integrated and complementary products is particularly suitable for yachts between 40ft & 70ft. However we do have experience with other manufacturers’ equipment, including repairing and maintaining older models.

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Originally there was only one way to reduce the sail area of a headsail to suit the changing weather conditions, a different sail was used. This meant that most yachts carried at least four headsails; Genoa, Nos. 1 to 3 Jibs and sometimes a Storm jib. And for most racing boats this is still essentially what happens.

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There are two methods of reefing or furling a mainsail; In-mast or In-boom. In this section we will deal with the In-Mast systems. In-mast Furling Systems are a fairly new concept but are becoming increasingly popular as mast manufacturers and sailmakers get a better understanding of the interaction between the two components.

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Over the past decade there has been a trend in sail plans to increase the size of mainsails and to have non-overlapping jibs. In light weather this has meant that yachts tend to be under powered forward of the mast. This has been counterbalanced by the creation of a new breed of sail, the flying sail; Code Zero, Solents, etc.

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There are two distinct types of Boom Furling Systems; "Park Avenue" or V Boom and In-boom. The Park Avenue system has its roots in the glory days of the J Class when the size of the mainsail required a novel approach to stowing the sail when it was lowered. The more modern variant, the V Boom, is easily identified by its unique wings, which extend outwards to catch the mainsail as it is lowered.

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The range of blocks, cleats & swivels available these days is phenomenal. We stock an extensive range from carefully chosen manufacturers. We try to ensure that we provide the best possible equipment to meet your exact needs. To achieve this we draw on our many years’ experience of building rigs together with our extensive knowledge of all types of sailing and, last but not least, our love of sailing.

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Traditional wire rigging is still the best choice for many boats as it is well proven & cost effective. Rod rigging is becoming increasingly more popular as a yacht’s performance is enhanced through less weight aloft and decreased windage, both making a significant difference when sailing.

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Our preferred supplier for rope is the world leading Marlow Ropes, whose extensive range of cordage includes many specialist items for yachts and dinghies. However at RigIt we do use other high quality manufacturers to ensure that we supply the most appropriate rope for each application.

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With improvements within the technology during recent years there is an increasing use of hydraulic systems being made on large yachts to automate heavy-duty work that might otherwise take several crew to handle.

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The concept of an automatic halyard lock has been around for many years but these earlier systems were prone to occasional failure and so their reliability was always in doubt. Improvements in materials and design mean that the latest generation of automatic locking systems are virtually fool proof.

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Within this category there are two main areas that we specialise in; Classic Yachts and One-design Classes. These two very different types of yacht both require great attention to detail to ensure that the rigging system they get is exactly what they need.

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For downwind sailing the benefits of having a good efficient spinnaker pole system cannot be overstated. A system that is easy to use will greatly increase the pleasure that you get from the use of a cruising chute or spinnaker. At RigIt we can supply a complete easy-to-use spinnaker pole system, either in aluminium or carbon.

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