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RigIt : A One-Stop Rigging Service for the Solent and beyond

by RigIt 26 Apr 13:00 UTC
RigIt : A One-Stop Rigging Service for the Solent and beyond © RigIt

With over 30 years of experience, Rigit are one of the best in the rigging business. Back in 2009 they launched their Marine & Architectural Rigging business in Southampton and quickly built a reputation for quality and attention to detail.

Their flexible approach to the individual needs of each client has won them huge support in the marine industry, and they work with top quality hardware from the world's top marine manufacturers. Their cutting edge facilities are all in house, and they are one of the few rigging specialists that can design and produce standing and running rigging systems up to 32mm in diameter. This means they can provide systems for most yachts and boats in British waters, and if you're not within reach of their workshops in Cowes or Southampton, their mobile fitting service will travel to any location within the UK and Ireland. Over the next few months we'll be looking at all their specialist services and speaking to some of their clients.

"Just a quick note to say many thanks to both yourself and Mike for completing the re-rig on my boat in time for launch on Friday. Thanks for all your very useful advice on how best to set things up, it was all much appreciated and I'd have no hesitation in recommending your extremely knowledgeable and professional services to other boat owners. Also thanks to Claire for the very clear and straightforward quotations and invoicing. Good work!"

Avoid unwelcome surprises with Rigit's Rig Inspection & Reports

It's a sad fact that many mast failures or abandoned races are caused because the standing or running rigging systems has failed. Regular inspections for racing yachts before any key event, or yearly inspections for cruising boats can mean the difference between winning a title or not finishing, or even the saving of a life.

Masts and Rigs bend and flex when sailing and this will lead to metal fatigue in the component parts of the systems. Areas particularly prone are where wires enter their terminals, at the screw thread root in turnbuckles and where a limitation of good articulation occurs. This can lead to a shorter working lifespan in both rod and wire rigging than expected. Because each setup is different in its design and components, attention to detail is all-important.

Rigit's rig inspection service is a visual check of everything above deck. After spending time on board they then prepare a written report. Based on a working knowledge and wide experience of mast terminations, rigging components and geometry, their experts can identify any problems and give recommendations for improvement or replacement.

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