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RIGGING SERVICES

Rig it provides a full range of rigging services

ALL YOU NEED IN ONE PLACE

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:

Rig Inspections and Reports   |    Mast Stepping and Commissioning   |    Rig Tuning   |    Rigging Surveys   |    Wire, Rod and Fibre Rigging   |    Ropes and Splices   |    Furling Systems: Supply, Installation and Service   |    Mast, Boom, Vang and Pole Service (Aluminium and Carbon)   |    Deck Hardware: Supply and Installation   |    Hydraulics   |    Custom Fittings   |    Spar Transport

Rig It - Rig Inspection

 

RIG INSPECTION & REPORTS

It is an unfortunate fact of life that many mast failures or abandoned races are caused because something in either the standing or the running rigging systems has failed. Regular inspections either before major events for racing yachts or annually for cruising boats can be title winners or life savers.

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Rig It - Mast Stepping

 

MAST STEPPING & COMMISSIONING

One of the trickiest operations in yacht or boat maintenance is when stepping (raising) or unstepping (lowering) the mast. Whether it is commissioning a yacht for the first time or as part of a routine maintenance operation the greatest care possible is taken by our experienced riggers to avoid any damage to boat or mast.

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Rig It - Rig Tuning

 

Rig Tuning

The combination of the boat’s mast, boom, standing and running rigging together with the deck hardware systems and the sails need to work in an efficient manner to give you the optimum performance regardless of whether you have a racing yacht or are a cruising sailor.

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Rig It - RIGGING SURVEYS

 

RIGGING SURVEYS

Having a rigging survey done before you buy another boat could be a great investment. Letting RigIt's professionals cast their eyes over your next purchase could save you from unwanted bills later on, put you in a better bargaining position or even show you how you could improve the yacht's performance after purchasing it.

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Rig It - WIRE, ROD & FIBRE RIGGING

 

WIRE, ROD & FIBRE RIGGING

As we entered the 21st Century wire rigging was the norm on virtually every yacht or boat that had a mast. However things have moved on significantly over the past few years and now the choice is much wider. Each type has benefits that need to be weighed against your requirements.

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Rig It - ROPES & SPLICES

 

ROPES & SPLICES

Gone are the good old days when manila & hemp were the stable diet of cordage. All that changed was the thickness of the material used. The choice of rope now available can be bewildering. At Rigit our professional riggers can inspect your original running rigging, supply and install appropriate replacements as necessary from our extensive standard range.

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Sail Service

The sails are the engine of all yachts and as such should receive the attention that they deserve. We can provide five main services to boat owners; Sail Inspection, Cleaning, Repair, UV Proofing and the supply and fitting of new Sails.

Sail Inspection

Sail Cleaning

UV-proofing

Sail Repair

New Sail Supply and Fitting

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Rig It - FURLING SYSTEMS

 

FURLING SYSTEMS

Originally there was only one way to reduce the sail area of a yacht to suit the worsening weather conditions, a smaller foresail was used and the mainsail was reduced by slab reefing. And for racing boats that is still essentially what happens. However the cruising sailor now has much more choice as there are three main ways of reducing and stowing sails.

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Rig It - MAST, BOOM, VANG & POLE SERVICE

 

MAST, BOOM, VANG & POLE SERVICE

You only have to be near a fleet of 40-footers as they round the leeward mark and head upwind to the next mark to hear the huge forces that are being loaded onto the rig as the sails are trimmed in. That is an extreme case but the principle is the same on all sailing boats.

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Rig It - DECK HARDWARE

 

DECK HARDWARE

There are now a multitude of marine hardware companies providing an immense range of products for an owner to choose from. This can be a very daunting task but by talking to the team here at Rigit we can help you to make the right choices for your specific sailing needs.

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Rig It - HYDRAULICS

 

HYDRAULICS

The increasing popularity for short-handed sailing & racing and the difficulty in getting enough crew together on large yachts are two of the factors contributing to the increasing use of hydraulic systems to eliminate the heavy duty work that might otherwise take several experienced crew to handle.

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Rig It - MASTS & SPAR TRANSPORT

 

MASTS & SPAR TRANSPORT

The movement of Masts and Spars is a highly specialised form of transportation. Our years of experience and our extensive contacts within this branch of the logistics industry ensure that your masts and spars will be moved safely and efficiently throughout the UK or Europe as necessary.

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Rig It - CUSTOM FITTINGS

 

CUSTOM FITTINGS

Even in strict one-design classes of racing boats there is always a certain tolerance in the hardware that can be fitted. The class rules might specify a five purchase kicking strap but allow the owner to decide which brand of block is fitted. The end result is that it is rare to find two totally identical boats.

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