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Mooring Warps and Mooring Lines

  • LIROS 3 Strand Polyester Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Braided Dockline Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Classic Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Green Wave 3 Strand Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Handy Elastic Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Moorex12 Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Octoplait Polyester Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Polypropylene Floating Mooring Warps
  • LIROS Super Yacht Mooring Polyester Docklines
  • Marlow Blue Ocean Dockline

Mooring Accessories

  • Mooring Cleats and Fairleads
  • Mooring Compensators
  • Mooring Shackles
  • Mooring Swivels

Mooring Strops

  • LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Mooring Strops
  • LIROS Anchorplait Nylon Mooring Strops
  • Small Boat and RIB Mooring Strops

Mooring Bridles

  • V shape Mooring Bridles
  • Y shape Mooring Bridles

Mooring Strops with chain centre section

  • 3 Strand / Chain / 3 Strand
  • Anchorplait / Chain / Anchorplait

Bonomi Mooring Cleats

  • Majoni Fenders
  • Polyform Norway Fenders
  • Dock Fenders
  • Fender Ropes and Accessories
  • Ocean Inflatable Fenders

Mooring Buoys

Max power bow thrusters.

  • Coastline Bow Thruster Accessories

50 metre / 100 metre Rates - Mooring

Mooring information.

  • Mooring Warps Size Guide
  • Mooring Lines - LIROS Recommended Diameters
  • Mooring Rope Selection Guide
  • Mooring Warp Length and Configuration Guide
  • How to estimate the length of a single line Mooring Strop
  • Mooring Ropes - Break Load Chart
  • Mooring Compensator Advisory
  • Rope Cockling Information
  • Fender Size Guide
  • Majoni Fender Guide
  • Polyform Norway Fender Inflation Guide

Custom Build Instructions

  • More Article and Guides >

Anchor Warps Spliced to Chain

  • LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Spliced to Chain
  • LIROS 3 Strand Polyester Spliced to Chain
  • LIROS Anchorplait Nylon Spliced to Chain
  • LIROS Octoplait Polyester Spliced to Chain

Anchor Warps

  • Leaded Anchor Warp
  • LIROS 3 Strand Nylon Anchor Warps
  • LIROS 3 Strand Polyester Anchor Warps
  • LIROS Anchorplait Nylon Anchor Warps
  • LIROS Octoplait Polyester Anchor Warps
  • Aluminium Anchors
  • Galvanised Anchors
  • Stainless Steel Anchors

Calibrated Anchor Chain

  • Cromox G6 Stainless Steel Chain
  • G4 Calibrated Stainless Steel Anchor Chain
  • Lofrans Grade 40
  • MF DAMS Grade 70
  • MF Grade 40
  • Titan Grade 43

Clearance Chain

Anchoring accessories.

  • Anchor Connectors
  • Anchor Trip Hooks and Rings
  • Anchoring Shackles
  • Bow Rollers and Fittings
  • Chain and Anchor Stoppers
  • Chain Links and Markers

50 / 100 metre Rates - Anchoring

Chain snubbers.

  • Chain Hooks, Grabs and Grippers
  • Chain Snubbing Bridles
  • Chain Snubbing Strops

Drogue Warps and Bridles

  • Lewmar Windlasses
  • Lofrans Windlasses
  • Maxwell Windlasses
  • Quick Windlasses

Windlass Accessories

  • Coastline Windlass Accessories
  • Lewmar Windlass Accessories
  • Lofrans Windlass Accessories
  • Lofrans Windlass Replacement Parts
  • Maxwell Windlass Accessories
  • Quick Windlass Accessories

Anchoring Information

  • How To Choose A Main Anchor
  • Anchoring System Assessment
  • Anchor Chain and Rope Size Guide
  • The Jimmy Green Guide to the Best Anchor Ropes
  • What Size Anchor Do I Need?
  • Anchor Size Guides
  • Anchor Rope Break Load and Chain Compatibility Chart
  • How to Choose Your Anchor Chain
  • How to Establish the Correct Anchor Chain Calibration?
  • Calibrated Anchor Chain - General Information
  • Calibrated Anchor Chain Quality Control
  • Calibrated Chain - Break Load and Weight Guide
  • Galvanising - Managing Performance and Endurance expectation
  • Can Galvanised Steel be used with Stainless Steel?
  • Windlass Selection Guide
  • More Articles and Guides

Stainless Steel Wire Rigging and Wire Rope

  • 1x19 Wire Rigging
  • 7x19 Flexible Wire Rigging
  • Compacted Strand Wire Rigging
  • Insulated 1x19 Wire Backstays

Wire Rigging Fittings

  • Swaged Terminals
  • Swageless Terminals
  • Turnbuckles / Rigging screws
  • Turnbuckle Components
  • Backstay Insulators
  • Wire Terminals

Rigging Accessories

  • Backing Plates
  • Backstay Adjuster and Fittings
  • Backstay Blocks
  • Pins, Rings and Nuts
  • Rigging Chafe Protection

Fibre Rigging

  • DynIce Dux Fibre Rigging
  • LIROS D-Pro Static Rigging
  • LIROS D-Pro-XTR Fibre Rigging
  • Marlow Excel D12 MAX 78 Rigging
  • Marlow M-Rig Max Rigging

Fibre Rigging Fittings

  • Bluewave Rope Terminals
  • Colligo Marine Terminals

Dinghy Rigging

  • Dinghy Rigging Fittings
  • Fibre Dinghy Rigging
  • Stainless Steel Dinghy Rigging

Wind Indicators

Guard wires, guardrails and guardrail webbing.

  • Guard Rail Fittings
  • Guard Rails in Fibre and Webbing
  • Guard Wire Accessories
  • Guard Wires

Furling Systems

  • Anti-torsion Stays
  • Headsail Reefing Furlers
  • Straight Luff Furlers
  • Top Down Furlers

Furling Accessories

  • Continuous Furling Line Accessories
  • Furling Line Accessories

50 / 100 metre Rates - Wire and Fibre

Standing rigging assistance.

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  • Cruising Halyards
  • Performance Halyards
  • Dinghy Halyards

Rigging Shackles

  • Bronze Snap Shackles
  • Captive and Key Pin Shackles
  • hamma™ Snap Shackles
  • Selden Snap Shackles
  • Soft Shackles
  • Standard Snap Shackles
  • Tylaska End Fittings
  • Wichard Snap Shackles

Lashing, Lacing and Lanyards

  • LIROS 3 Strand Lashing, Lacing and Lanyards
  • LIROS Braided Lashing, Lacing and Lanyards
  • Cruising Sheets
  • Performance Sheets
  • Dinghy Sheets
  • Continuous Sheets
  • Tapered Sheets

Running Rigging Accessories

  • Anti-Chafe Rope Protection
  • Barton Sail Handling
  • Lazy Jack Sail Handling
  • Rodkickers, Boomstruts
  • Sail Handling Accessories
  • Slab Reefing

Shock Cord and Fittings

Control lines.

  • Cruising Control Lines
  • Performance Control Lines
  • Dinghy Control Lines
  • Continuous Control Lines

Classic Ropes

  • 50 / 100 metres - Classic
  • Classic Control Lines
  • Classic Docklines
  • Classic Halyards
  • Classic Sheets
  • LIROS Classic 3 Strand Polyester

50 / 100 metre Rates - Running Rigging

  • 50 / 100 metres - Cruising Ropes
  • 50 / 100 metres - Dinghy Ropes
  • 50 / 100 metres - Lashing and Lanyards
  • 50 / 100 metres - Performance Ropes
  • LIROS Ropes
  • Marlow Ropes

Running Rigging Resources

  • Running Rigging Rope Fibres and Construction Explained
  • How to Select a Suitable Halyard Rope
  • How to select Sheets and Guys
  • Dyneema Rope - Cruising and Racing Comparison
  • Dinghy Rope Selection Guide
  • Rope Measurement Information
  • Running Rigging - LIROS Recommended Line Diameters
  • Running Rigging Break Load Comparison Chart
  • Colour Coding for Running Rigging
  • Selecting the right type of block, plain, roller or ball bearing
  • Replacing your Furling Line
  • Recycling Rope
  • Running Rigging Glossary

Custom Build Instructions for Sheets, Halyards, Control Lines

Low friction rings, plain bearing blocks.

  • Barton Blocks
  • Harken Element Blocks
  • Seasure 25mm Blocks
  • Selden Yacht Blocks

Wooden Blocks

Ball bearing blocks.

  • Barton Ball Bearing Blocks
  • Harken Ball Bearing Blocks
  • Holt Dynamic Blocks
  • Selden Ball Bearing Blocks

Ratchet Blocks

  • Harken Ratchet Blocks
  • Selden Ratchet Blocks

Roller Bearing Blocks

  • Harken Black Magic Blocks
  • Selden Roller Bearing Blocks

Clutches and Organisers

  • Barton Clutches and Organisers
  • Lewmar Clutches
  • Spinlock Clutches and Organisers

Genoa Car Systems

  • Barton Genoa Sheeting
  • Harken Genoa Systems
  • Lewmar HTX Genoa Systems

Traveller Systems

  • Barton Traveller Systems
  • Harken Traveller Systems

Deck Fittings

  • Bungs and Hatches
  • Bushes and Fairleads
  • Deck Eyes, Straps and Hooks
  • Pad Eyes, U Bolts and Eye Bolts

Rudder and Transom Fittings

  • Pintles and Gudgeons
  • Tiller Extensions and Joints

Stanchion Blocks and Fairleads

Snatch blocks.

  • Barton K Cam Cleats
  • Harken Ball Bearing Cam Cleats
  • Holt Cam Cleats
  • Selden Cam Cleats
  • Spinlock PXR Cleats

Block and Tackle Purchase Systems

  • Barton Winches, Snubbers and Winchers
  • Coastline Electric Winch Accessories
  • Harken Winches, Handles and Accessories
  • Karver Winches
  • Lewmar Winches, Handles and Accessories
  • Winch Servicing and Accessories

Deck Hardware Support

  • Blocks and Pulleys Selection Guide
  • Barton High Load Eyes
  • Dyneema Low Friction Rings Comparison
  • Seldén Block Selection Guide
  • Barton Track Selection Guide
  • Barton Traveller Systems Selection Guide
  • Harken Winch Selection Guide
  • Karver Winch Comparison Chart
  • Lewmar Winch Selection Guide - PDF
  • Winch Servicing Guide

Sailing Flags

  • Courtesy Flags
  • Red Ensigns
  • Blue Ensigns
  • Flag Accessories
  • Flag Staffs and Sockets
  • Flag Making and Repair
  • Signal Code Flags
  • Galvanised Shackles
  • Stainless Steel Shackles
  • Titanium Shackles
  • Webbing only
  • Webbing Restraint Straps
  • Webbing Sail Ties
  • Webbing Soft Shackles

Hatches and Portlights

Sail care and repair.

  • Sail Sewing


  • Antifouling
  • Fillers and Sealants
  • Primers and Thinners
  • PROtect Tape

Fixings and Fastenings

  • Monel Rivets
  • Screws, Bolts, Nuts and Washers
  • U Bolts, Eye Bolts and Pad Eyes

Splicing Accessories

  • Fids and Tools
  • Knives and Scissors

General Chandlery

  • Barrier Ropes
  • Canvas Bags and Accessories
  • Carabiners and Hooks
  • Netting and Accessories
  • Rope Ladders

Seago Boats and Tenders

Chandlery information, flag articles.

  • Flag Size Guide
  • Bending and Hoisting Methods for Sailing Flags
  • Courtesy Flags Identification, Labelling and Stowage
  • Courtesy Flag Map
  • Flag Etiquette and Information
  • Glossary of Flag Terms and Parts of a Flag
  • Making and Repairing Flags
  • Signal Code Message Definitions

Other Chandlery Articles

  • Anchorplait Splicing Instructions
  • Antifoul Coverage Information
  • Hawk Wind Indicator Selection Guide
  • Petersen Stainless - Upset Forging Information
  • Speedy Stitcher Sewing Instructions
  • Thimble Dimensions and Compatible Shackles

Jackstays and Jacklines

  • Webbing Jackstays
  • Stainless Steel Wire Jackstay Lifelines
  • Fibre Jackstay Lifelines
  • Jackstay and Lifeline Accessories

Safety Lines


  • Children's Life Jackets
  • Crewsaver Lifejackets
  • Seago Lifejackets
  • Spinlock Lifejackets

Buoyancy Aids

Life jackets accessories.

  • Lifejacket Lights
  • Lifejacket Rearming Kits
  • Lifejacket Spray Hoods

Overboard Recovery

  • Lifebuoy Accessories
  • Purchase Systems
  • Slings and Throwlines

Floating Rope

  • LIROS Multifilament White Polypropylene
  • LIROS Yellow Floating Safety Rope
  • Danbuoy Accessories
  • Jimmy Green Danbuoys
  • Jonbuoy Danbuoys
  • Seago Danbuoys
  • Liferaft Accessories
  • Seago Liferafts

Safety Accessories

  • Fire Safety
  • Grab Bag Contents
  • Grab Bags and Polybottles
  • Handheld VHF Radios
  • Sea Anchors and Drogues

Safety Resources

  • Guard Wires - Inspection and Replacement Guidance
  • Guard Wire Stud Terminal Dimensions
  • Webbing Jackstays Guidance
  • Webbing Jackstays - Custom Build Instructions
  • Danbuoy Selection Guide
  • Danbuoy Instructions - 3 piece Telescopic - Offshore
  • Liferaft Selection Guide
  • Liferaft Servicing
  • Man Overboard Equipment - World Sailing Compliance
  • Marine Safety Information Links
  • Safety Marine Equipment List for UK Pleasure Vessels

Sailing Clothing

  • Sailing Jackets
  • Sailing Trousers
  • Thermal Layers

Leisure Wear

  • Accessories
  • Rain Jackets
  • Sweatshirts

Sailing Footwear

  • Dinghy Boots and Shoes
  • Sailing Wellies

Leisure Footwear

  • Walking Shoes

Sailing Accessories

  • Sailing Bags and Holdalls
  • Sailing Gloves
  • Sailing Kneepads

Clothing Clearance

Clothing guide.

  • What to wear Sailing
  • Helly Hansen Mens Jacket and Pant Size Guide
  • Helly Hansen Womens Sailing Jacket and Pant Size Guide
  • Lazy Jacks Mens and Womens Size Charts
  • Musto Men's and Women's Size Charts
  • Old Guys Rule Size Guide
  • Sailing Gloves Size Guides
  • Weird Fish Clothing Size Charts

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Clearance Barton Size 0 Ball Bearing Blocks - 5mm £10.13

Clearance Marlow Blue Ocean® Doublebraid £18.48

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Anchoring clearance, standing rigging clearance, running rigging clearance, deck hardware clearance, chandlery clearance, safety clearance.

The Jimmy Green Marine Rigging Team invite you to try our wire rigging service involving the meticulous production of complete rigging wires to your exact lengths and specifications.

Jimmy Green Marine offer a comprehensive range of wire rope terminals suitable for marine and architectural applications to complement the stainless steel wire. More obscure fittings can be obtained from our Rigging Manufacturer partners at reasonable notice to solve any rigging issues.

Deadlines are there to be met, and Team Jimmy Green take great pride in delivering on schedule, whether in the UK or the other side of the world.

Marine Grade 316 stainless steel 1x19 wire is generally the wire rope of choice for Yacht Rigging on Cruising Yachts.

Compact Stranded stainless steel wire offers enhanced performance for racing or extended cruising.

Marine Grade stainless steel 7x19 wire offers a flexible option for running rigging.

Break Load Comparison Chart by Wire Construction: 7x19, Standard 1x19 and Compact Strand

Leading marine industry manufacturers such as Sta-Lok, Petersen Stainless, Hamma, BSI, Selden, Bluewave and KOS are carefully sourced to ensure all our completed wire rigging is of the highest possible quality.

Jimmy Green produce Wire Rigging on machines recognised as the best in the marine industry. For wires up to and including 12mm in diameter, modern, up-to-date, maintained and serviced WireTechnik Hydraulic Roller Press  and multiple Cabco Talurit Hydraulic Presses are on hand in our Rigging Workshop at Jimmy Green to carry out the work. For wires of 14 and 16mm diameter, finished wire assembly including swaging is carried out on site at Sta-lok in the UK. Sta-lok are a premium wire terminations manufacturer with vast experience in the marine and architectural industry.

All our custom build rigging prices include swaging the terminals onto the wire rope.

Strict Quality Control Procedures and Accountability Systems ensure that only the best quality stainless steel wire and terminals are considered. Traceability is an essential feature of the Jimmy Green assurance policy: Stainless Steel Wire - Quality Control and Care

Jimmy Green Marine offer a comprehensive range of swage terminals, e.g. eye, forks, tees, strap toggles, plus multiple turnbuckle and backstay insulator options.

Jimmy Green Marine also offer the full range of Sta-Lok, Petersen Hi-Mod and Bluewave Swageless DIY fittings, plus Norseman replacement cones manufactured by Tylaska Marine. These are standing rigging essentials for wire rigging solutions involving one end swaged and the other end left long for finishing in situ.

Instant Quote

The Jimmy Green Custom Build Online System makes an instant online quote very achievable, even with only the basic information on your standing rigging.

Once the specification is finalised and the price is established, each wire stay, shroud or other finished wire rigging component can be added to your basket to purchase.

Custom Build Selection Process

  • Select the type of wire you require: KOS Standard 1x19, Compact Strand or KOS Flexible 7x19
  • Select the diameter of the wire

Once you are on the correct product page for the wire construction and the diameter, you can enter

  • The terminal at the top
  • The approximate length of each stay
  • The bottom terminal (with or without rigging screw)

These Custom Build Instructions will help you through the process.

For a rough guide, approximate lengths and an educated guess for the terminals will suffice. The decision on whether to replace the turnbuckles dramatically affects the price.

Confirming the correct T terminals to fit your mast backing plates with proper load-bearing seating is extremely important to the integrity of your rig.

However, for an indicative quote, the T terminals are similarly priced for each wire diameter, so it is possible to select a generic one to estimate a price.

The Jimmy Green Rigging Team are always on hand to help you through the entire process by email or telephone.

If the measuring seems daunting, send us the old rigging as a pattern. We'll be able to measure, ask any pertinent questions about the new rig and quote you before starting any work.         

Step by Step Guide to tackling a Re-Rig

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Boat Rigging: Setting Sail for Success

  • Boat Rigging: Setting Sail for Success

In the world of sailing, boat rigging plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and performance of your vessel. From standing rigging to sail rigging types, it's essential to understand the intricacies of rigging a yacht to embark on smooth sailing adventures. In this comprehensive guide, we'll dive into the nuances of boat rigging, helping you navigate the open waters with confidence.

Boat Rigging Basics

Before we delve into the details, let's start with the fundamentals of boat rigging. Understanding the key components and their functions is essential for any sailor, whether you're a novice or a seasoned pro.

Standing Rigging

Standing rigging refers to the fixed support structure of a boat's mast, including wires, cables, and rods. It plays a critical role in maintaining the mast's vertical position and overall stability.

Sail Rigging Types

Sail rigging is not a one-size-fits-all concept, but rather a diverse world with various types and configurations to suit different sailing needs. Understanding these rigging types is essential for any sailor looking to optimize their boat's performance and safety. 

Ship Riggings

Ship riggings have played a pivotal role in shaping the history of seafaring and maritime exploration. These complex systems of ropes, wires, and sails have been integral to the functionality and success of various vessels throughout the ages.Explore the significance of ship riggings, their evolution, and their influence on modern-day boat rigging.

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Materials Matter

The choice of materials for your boat rigging is a decision that can't be taken lightly. Two popular options, Dyneema and Kevlar, offer distinct advantages.

Dyneema Rigging

Dyneema rigging represents a breakthrough in the world of sailboat rigging. This cutting-edge material, known for its remarkable strength and low stretch properties, has revolutionized the way sailors experience the open water. Often referred to as the ultimate innovation in the world of sailing, Dyneema rigging offers a myriad of advantages: 

  • Exceptional Strength: Dyneema rigging boasts remarkable strength-to-weight ratio, making it incredibly robust and reliable even in demanding conditions. 
  • Low Stretch: Dyneema has minimal stretch, which translates to improved sail control and responsiveness, ensuring better performance.
  • Lightweight: It's significantly lighter than traditional rigging materials like steel, reducing the overall weight of your vessel and enhancing speed and maneuverability.
  • Low Maintenance: Dyneema rigging requires minimal maintenance, offering sailors peace of mind and more time on the water.
  • Resistance to Corrosion: Unlike metal rigging, Dyneema is not susceptible to corrosion, ensuring a longer lifespan and durability.
  • UV Resistance: Dyneema is highly resistant to UV rays, making it ideal for prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Easy Handling: Its flexibility and ease of handling simplify rigging installation and adjustments.
  • Enhanced Safety: Dyneema's strength and reliability contribute to safer sailing experiences, reducing the risk of rigging failure.
  • Versatility: It's suitable for a wide range of applications, from standing rigging to halyards, making it a versatile choice for sailors.
  • Eco-Friendly: Dyneema is an environmentally friendly option as it doesn't release harmful substances into the water, contributing to a cleaner marine ecosystem.

Dyneema vs. Kevlar

Weigh the pros and cons of Dyneema and Kevlar to determine which suits your sailing needs best:

Dyneema Rigging:

  • Exceptional Strength: Dyneema boasts impressive strength, making it highly reliable for rigging purposes.
  • Low Stretch: It has minimal stretch, enhancing sail control and overall performance.
  • Lightweight: Dyneema is significantly lighter than traditional materials, reducing the vessel's weight.
  • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep, saving time and effort.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Dyneema is not susceptible to corrosion, ensuring durability.
  • UV Resistance: It's highly resistant to UV rays, making it suitable for extended exposure to sunlight.
  • Safety: Dyneema's strength and reliability contribute to safer sailing experiences.
  • Versatility: Suitable for various rigging applications, from standing rigging to halyards.
  • Cost: Dyneema can be more expensive than some traditional materials, initially.
  • Abrasion Resistance: It may be less resistant to abrasion compared to Kevlar.

Kevlar Rigging:

  • Excellent Abrasion Resistance: Kevlar is highly resistant to wear and tear, ensuring longevity.
  • High Tensile Strength: It offers impressive tensile strength, making it suitable for demanding applications.
  • Stiffness: Kevlar is stiffer than Dyneema, which can be advantageous for some rigging configurations.
  • Heavy: Kevlar is heavier than Dyneema, potentially impacting vessel performance.
  • Low UV Resistance: It is less resistant to UV radiation, which can affect its durability over time.
  • Higher Stretch: Kevlar tends to stretch more than Dyneema, which can impact sail control.
  • Prone to Corrosion: Unlike Dyneema, Kevlar can be susceptible to corrosion.
  • Cost: It can be expensive, and the initial investment may be higher than other materials.

Choosing between Dyneema and Kevlar depends on your specific sailing needs and priorities. Dyneema is favored for its strength, low stretch, and light weight, while Kevlar excels in abrasion resistance and tensile strength. Consider these factors when making your rigging material selection.

Stainless Steel Yacht Rigging

When it comes to yacht rigging, durability is paramount, and stainless steel rigging wires stand out as a top choice. Their robust nature, coupled with an unmistakable touch of elegance, makes them an ideal option for discerning sailors. Stainless steel yacht rigging is highly resistant to corrosion, even in the harsh marine environment. This resistance not only ensures a longer lifespan but also reduces maintenance efforts, allowing you to spend more time on the water. Additionally, the sleek appearance of stainless steel adds a touch of sophistication to your vessel. Whether you're cruising the open seas or participating in regattas, stainless steel yacht rigging combines style and substance to offer a premium sailing experience.

Spectra Standing Rigging

Spectra standing rigging is a game-changer for sailors seeking top-tier performance and durability. This advanced material, known for its incredible strength and low stretch properties, has revolutionized the way we approach standing rigging. Spectra rigging offers advantages that are hard to beat – it enhances the stability and safety of your vessel while providing exceptional responsiveness. The minimal stretch ensures precise sail control, making it the go-to choice for those who demand the utmost from their rigging. If you're looking to take your sailing experience to the next level, Spectra standing rigging is a choice that can't be ignored.

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Rigging a Yacht: A Step-By-Step Guide

Now that you've grasped the basics and material options, let's dive into the practical aspect of rigging a yacht. Follow these steps to ensure a smooth and safe sailing experience.

Planning and Preparation

Rigging a yacht is a meticulous process that requires careful planning and thorough preparation. Before embarking on your sailing adventure, it's crucial to ensure that every aspect of your yacht's rigging is in top-notch condition. The advantages of this step-by-step guide are manifold. It guarantees the safety of both the vessel and its passengers, reduces the risk of mid-sail complications, and ultimately enhances your overall sailing experience. By meticulously inspecting your rigging and addressing any issues during the planning and preparation phase, you can set sail with confidence, knowing that your yacht is ready to navigate the open waters seamlessly.

Inspecting Your Rigging

Rigging a yacht is a meticulous process that demands careful attention to detail. One crucial aspect is inspecting your rigging. This step ensures the safety and efficiency of your sailing adventure. Regular inspections , even before you set sail, can identify potential issues and help prevent mishaps on the water . Inspecting your rigging is not only a safety measure but also a way to guarantee that your yacht performs at its best, allowing you to enjoy smooth and stress-free sailing experiences.

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When it comes to maintaining your yacht's rigging, the necessity of rigging replacement cannot be overstated. Whether due to wear and tear or a desire to upgrade to modern materials, knowing when and how to replace your rigging is crucial.

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Ship Rigging Terms

Sailboat rigging comes with its unique terminology. Get acquainted with the essential terms: 

  • Mast: The vertical spar or structure that supports sails and rigging.
  • Boom: A horizontal spar that extends from the mast to support the bottom of a sail.
  • Shroud: Rigging wires that support the mast from the sides.
  • Stay: Rigging wires that support the mast from the front or back.
  • Halyard: Lines used to raise and lower sails.
  • Sheet: Lines used to control the angle of the sails with respect to the wind.
  • Jib: A triangular foresail set in front of the mast.
  • Tack: The lower forward corner of a sail.
  • Clew: The lower after corner of a sail.
  • Topping Lift: A line that supports the boom when the sail is not in use.

Understanding these ship rigging terms is essential for efficient and safe sailing, allowing you to communicate effectively with your crew and navigate the open waters with confidence.

Sailboat Stays and Shrouds

Sailboat rigging comprises various components, and among the most critical are sailboat stays and shrouds. Stays are the fixed support cables or wires that keep the mast upright, while shrouds add lateral support, preventing the mast from swaying. These components work together to maintain the mast's stability and ensure safe and efficient sailing. The proper tension and alignment of stays and shrouds are crucial for the overall performance and safety of a sailboat. Regular inspections and maintenance of these rigging elements are essential to prevent wear and tear, making sure they remain reliable on your sailing adventures. Understanding the role of sailboat stays and shrouds is fundamental for any sailor, whether you're navigating coastal waters or crossing the open sea.

In conclusion, boat rigging is a multifaceted subject that greatly influences your sailing experience. Understanding the fundamentals, material choices, and the process of rigging a yacht is essential for a successful voyage.

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Over the years, I’ve heard various timeframes for when to replace standing rigging, but I’ve never seen any empirical data to back up those recommendations. It would be very informative to know from a metallurgical/metal failure point of view estimated lifespans of the average wire used for standing

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The guidelines offered by wire manufacturers and the U.S. Coast Guard are supported by engineering tests and data collected in the field, but it can be misleading to say you only need to replace your wire every “xx” years.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard: “The service life of sail rigging varies according to each vessel’s design characteristics, and may depend on multiple variables.” Factors like how the boat is used and how often, environmental conditions, materials quality, engineered safety factors, installation, maintenance regimen, etc., all affect the durability of the rigging.

Rigging on an ocean racing boat that sees a lot of regular hard use will not last as long as that of a cruising boat that spends a lot of time at anchor. Similarly, boats exposed to acid rain, salt water, and heavy air pollution will see faster degradation.

Stainless-steel wire rigging shares the same vulnerabilities of other stainless hardware on deck. (For a look at the bad surprises marine metals can hide, check out “Keep a Close Watch on Marine Metals,” February 2007.) On the good side, individual wire strands typically fail before the wire itself, offering an early warning.

While there’s no hard and fast rule for wire replacement, we generally recommend 10-12 years for wire on an average cruising boat. This assumes all terminals and end fittings are also up to snuff. Complete inspections—including terminals and end fittings—should be carried out every six years or 40,000-60,000 miles, whichever comes first, according to Navtec Rigging Solutions, the company that outfits America’s Cup rigs.

Deck-level swage fittings are often a weak point. Other trouble spots include misalignment (or no toggles to allow for rig mast movement), mismatched clevis pins, and an improperly tuned rig. All of these can throw any life-span figure out the window.

A recent dismasting of a 60-foot inspected passenger-carrying sailing catamaran in the Florida Keys highlights the dire need to regularly inspect your rigging. The accident prompted a U.S . Coast Guard safety alert regarding sailboat rigging: “Evidence suggests that the port shroud parted where it exits a swageless mechanical end fitting located on the upper mast at a common shrouds/stay connection. … Initial forensic metallurgical analysis of the failed cable strands showed visual corrosion and evidence of fatigue failure. The shroud cable and swageless end fitting had been installed seven years prior…”

Following a spate of similar rig failures on passenger cats in Hawaii, some fatal, the Coast Guard issued a notice (Sector Honolulu Inspection Note No. 13) outlining its inspection guidelines for rigging, masts, and associated hardware. The notice, which was developed with input from marine surveyors and rigging manufacturers, urges regular inspections and gives a basic timeline for replacing shrouds.

You can find the notice online with this article at www.practical-sailor.com or at homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/contentView.do?order=desc&contentOID=109624&contentId=109624&programId=12586&contentType=EDITORIAL .

For more information on rig inspection and service life, check out www.navtec.net/docs/RiggingService.pdf and www.dixielandmarine.com/yachts/DLrigprob.html .

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The Yacht Rigger is proud to be the premier choice in Florida for marine solar installations on all vessels, from sailing catamarans, to cruising mono-hulls, to power cats and small motor trawlers. We’ve got your solar & electrical needs covered. Including new system installation, existing system troubleshooting, parts replacement, new system integration or additions, new battery banks and much more. Let our partnered ABYC certified technicians come out to take a look at your electrical needs and we’ll make sure you have an efficient, well integrated system up and running in no time.

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With our Wireteknik A350 swage machine and a production shop full of swage fittings, spools of KOS Stainless steel wire and wire rope, and brand new chrome bronze turnbuckles by the dozen, we can produce standing rigging from lifeline size – up to 5/8″ (16mm) standing rigging. Competitive pricing and top quality parts mean your new standing rigging will be safe for many years to come.

We have a very large inventory of Blue Wave standing rigging components on hand at all times. See our Blue Wave page for more details on this top quality Danish supplier.

We ship anywhere, so send us your orders for standing rigging and we’re happy to produce your rigging and ship it out to you, or come see us at the boat yard!

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If you need your Lifeline rigging replaced, look no further. We offer full service Lifeline rigging replacement. We only use top of the line marine grade stainless steel products, and our A350 swaging machine can handle swaging up to 5/8″ (16mm) wire.

Let our team renew your Lifeline rigging and get back out on the water sailing safely.

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We utilize the latest state of the art solar panels and build custom frames in house out of light weight marine grade bright anodized aluminium. (Stainless steel frame fabrication is also available if requested). Our goal is to maximize your vessel’s solar potential whilst maintaining minimalist concepts to create a beautiful, and highly functional end product.

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The Yacht Rigger provides comprehensive rigging inspections on all masts to vessels located within our service area. We inspect all running and standing rigging. All rigging termination points are visually inspected. Sheave pins and sheaves inspected, spreaders, furler or headsail foils, and all gooseneck fittings. Electrical wiring is inspected for chafe/corrosion.

We also check all light fittings, blocks, cars, tracks, clutches, winches and any other hardware. A complete cleaning of all rigging ends, pins, and cars can be added if the mast is going into storage. We provide a detailed report of our findings, including suggestions for any additional parts and work required.

At the Yacht Rigger we also offer a consultation service designed to assist you with both troubleshooting as well as with selection of any new rigging parts, from winches or furling gear, to a new mast, no job is too big or too small. Please visit our Contact Us page and get in touch so that we can assist you!

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Investing in a new installation or upgrade of an existing one will extend your boating season and increase the value of your boat.

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Servicing your winches regularly not only improves their longevity, but also greatly improves performance. Correctly cleaned and lubricated winches will operate faster, and require less force when grinding.

We can service all of your winches professionally, on site, in a matter of a few hours. We carry parts for most major brands and can source parts for almost any winch out there today.

Our riggers are highly competent splicers, capable of splicing any line in a given application. From basic polyamide docklines, to covered Vectran, we can assist you in selecting the correct line for the correct application. Be it a weight saving halyard for a race boat, or a topping lift for a cruiser, look no further than TYR.

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At TYR we can supply all hardware relating to your mast and deck, for all brands of masts. Our team of expert riggers will guide you through getting the right equipment for your boat.

We supply many top of the line models of headsail furlers, including Selden Furlex and Harken. TYR can also provide servicing and spare parts for existing systems to ensure efficiency and reliability.

We supply a full range of blocks, clutches, cars and travelers from the leading brands Spinlock, Harken, Selden, and Ronstan. Be it a cruising boat wanting to maximize ease of use for all of running systems, or a high performance dinghy or racing yacht wanting to minimize weight, we will provide a product suited to your needs.

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If you’re considering replacing your sails or sail covers, please get in touch with us through our  contact  portal. Our team has decades of experience in both cruising and racing and we’ve partnered with the most talented and detail oriented sailmakers and canvas specialists in the Tampa Bay area to offer you a comprehensive sail replacement service.

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  • Measure where you think The arch feet are going to land on the back of the boat, pick either the front or back leg landing positions and measure the span. Check for backing plate/nut access at these positions.
  • Assemble the arch laying on dock and slide the sides into the bridge evenly until the leg span you measured is Approx 5-6” wider than your goal span. Tape the joints at the bridge using masking tape to stop it sliding further in when you are test fitting.
  • Measure the “drop” from where you think the forward legs will land and the aft legs will land and trim the forward legs. Accordingly. I usually leave them a couple inches longer than I think they need to be, and do the final trim once I’m at the mocking up stage.
  • Assemble the arch feet and install them, using string to secure them to the arch legs using a rolling hitch.
  • Use a block and tackle or a truckers hitch to squeeze the legs together to match the span you are aiming for. No more than 6”.
  • Hoist arch into position using topping lift or main halyard  (and two people) and test fit. At this point you can measure exactly how much you need to trim off the forward legs to make the arch fit level.
  • If the arch needs to sit lower, once you have it level, you can trim both legs the same amount. Keep in mind that as the arch gets shorter the span will narrow slightly due to the geometry of the arch.
  • Once you like the position, mark the feet in their positions using sharpie and lower the arch back to the dock. Release the block and tackle and drill/bolt the bridge. Drill and epoxy/bolt the feet into position.
  • Hoist the arch again and check all landing positions on feet one final time. Mark bolt holes on gelcoat and move arch out of the way for drilling. Try to pick the forward or aft feet and do them in pairs, pick whichever set you think will allow you to bolt it down securely then pivot the arch back or forward to do the other pair after (check orientation of arch feet for pivot ability).
  • Through bolt all feet and tighten. If fitting to an uneven surface, back fill the area behind the plate with thickened epoxy.
  • Tighten all bolts on foot bases.

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“Common Sense, Compliance with Laws, Consideration Toward Others” (January 1, 2023)

This agreement shall be effective on the date hereunder by and between the undersigned Owner or Agent of the vessel(s) hereinafter (“Vessel Owner”) described below and Salt Creek Marina, Inc. and The Yacht Rigger LLC located at 107 15th Ave SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

8/21/2023 UPDATE – If a hurricane system becomes a named storm and your boat is in one of our wet slips you MUST move it back to its original berth. The boat is not allowed to stay. The owner is responsible for planning with their preferred captain, or The Yacht Rigger has two captains on staff.

1. Fees: The Yacht Rigger and Salt Creek Marina reserves the right to change its rates upon one (1) months’ notice.

  • Monohull DIY Dry Storage will be $900 monthly or $225 weekly, with a minimum of 1 week required. After the first 4 weeks, the rate will increase by $50 per week, for the remainder of the boat’s duration.
  • Monohull Wet Slip will be $1,100 monthly or $275 weekly, with a minimum fee of $100.
  • Catamaran Wet Slip will be $2200 monthly or $550 weekly.
  • Haul / Block / Relaunch – One Time Charge $12 per foot
  • Emergency Haulout – $25 per foot
  • Short Haul – – – Special Haul to be scheduled by The Yacht Rigger or approved contractor only + $175 contractor fee (includes normal haul out rate)

2. Insurance: Vessel owners must provide insurance with Salt Creek listed as additional insurer on their vessel before arrival. Vessels must always be insured.

3. Hurricane & Summer Storm Season: June 1 – November 30 Haul out boats for storage or DIY work on the hard during this time are required to remove all canvas (including but not limited to Bimini, sail covers, dodgers, e.g.) as well as all sails on the boom or furlers. Remove all moveable equipment: canvas, sails, dinghies from davits, cushions, water toys, grills, biminis, roller furling sails, etc. Canvas and sails must be stored below and not on deck. Lash down everything you cannot remove tillers, wheels, booms.

4. Live Aboard – Wet Slip Only (Yacht Rigger Only Rule): Starting January 1st, 2024, customers may NOT stay on their vessel during electrical refit work or other major modifications or upgrades down below. Due to the nature of these projects requiring major upheaval down below within your living space and the need for our teams to work efficiently. Rigging and “above deck” type work will permit liveaboards. As much as we would love to accommodate liveaboards during this time, it is simply too inefficient for us and expensive for you, the customer. For vessels with excessive items on board preventing efficient work, we will provide on-site storage pods at market rates.

5. Third Party Warranties: This includes any warranty claim that is to be made against the original manufacturer or seller of the vessel or product. Should a warranty claim arise, The Yacht Rigger will estimate the job accordingly. It will then be up to the customer to obtain approval from the applicable 3rd party (boat manufacturer, spar manufacturer, etc.). If approved & immediately upon completion of the warranty issues, the customer is solely responsible for the payment of the work completed. It is then the responsibility of the customer to be reimbursed by the applicable 3rd party.

6. Yard Hours: The boatyard hours are 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday- Sunday. The boatyard gate locks at 6:00pm. You may come check on your vessel, re-secure rigging, canvas and pump out water during business hours. Please check in with the office if you are near closing hours.

7. Utilities: Boatyard provides power & water to vessel owners as a part of their agreement so long as the owner fully adheres to all Rules and Regulations. When you are finished with the water hoses, turn them off and place them back neatly in the area you found them. Please ask a Salt Creek Marina Boatyard Employee for access to either option.

8. Outside Contractors/ Subcontractors With Management approval (determined individually) contractors may work on a storage vessel for a fee of $40 a day in addition to monthly storage/dockage fee. The owner shall be responsible for informing the office of any subcontractor working on the vessel for any purpose whatsoever. The subcontractor shall submit insurance before any work can commence. Salt Creek Marina and/or The Yacht Rigger reserves the right at its sole discretion to stop unsafe work practices and if deemed necessary to order the offending worker(s) to leave the site at the Owner’s/Skipper’s sole risk and expense.

9. Supplies: All paint including but not limited to, bottom paint, primer or barrier paint, haul or topside paint, varnish or otherwise any paint being applied to your vessel must be purchased through the Boatyard or approved by Management. This policy is for safety and environmental protection purposes of all persons operating in the Boatyard. Paint will normally arrive within 24hrs of purchase.

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  • Owners are not permitted to test engines, run water for AC or other purposes while on the hard. All electricity and water shall be for the sole purpose of working on their vessel and disconnected when unoccupied.
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Considering changing you boat rigging to composite but confused by the options? Sam Fortescue takes a look at the pros and cons of various solutions

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‘Like the shift from wooden spars to alloy spars after the Second World War, we are moving to carbon spars and composite boat rigging for cruising boats,’ says well-known surveyor Kim Skov-Nielsen. ‘We are living on the cusp of a major shift to all-composite rigs.’

Four broad options for modern boat rigging run from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (HMPE) to aramid, PBO (poly-benzoxazole) and finally full carbon.

Compared to steel, all these options offer much lighter weight, which makes for less pitching and rolling in a sea. Greater rig stiffness improves sail trim and transfers forces more efficiently – particularly in lighter winds. And synthetic fibres resist the invisible fatigue that undoes stainless steel systems.

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For budget-conscious boaters looking to save weight aloft, carbon rigging is a much cheaper way to do it than carbon spars

On the other hand, the cost can be two to four times that of wire boat rigging, and repairs are tricky outside major sailing centres. Some of the fibres degrade rapidly with exposure to UV or moisture, so damage to the sheathing will shorten the lifespan of the stay.

Carbon in particular is also susceptible to impacts from the side. Every sailor will weigh up the options differently, but here are your choices:

HMPE (Dyneema/Spectra)

Dyneema and Spectra has extraordinary tenacity and a very low weight, but many riggers are wary of using it on cruisers because they consider it too elastic.

However, US specialist Colligo Marine says it is just a question of picking the right grade of Dyneema and sizing it correctly. ‘Many people have mistakenly sized Dyneema for break strength and ended up with a very stretchy rig,’ says John Franta of Colligo Marine. ‘Stretch is a function of cross-sectional area, so all you need to do is pick the right diameter for your application.’

That means you’re going to end up with a bigger Dyneema line than your original wire, causing marginally more windage, albeit at a fraction of the weight. For example, the 8mm wire that is standard on many 40ft cruisers would have to be replaced with 11mm Dyneema in a Colligo Dux system, but this should creep less than 3mm per year.

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The variety of HMPE you use is vital, too, as the strands within the line align themselves with the load.

‘A 50ft-long backstay made from normal Dyneema can grow 4-6 inches in length,’ says Franta. That’s why Colligo only uses heat-stretched Dyneema SK75, where the fibres are already very tightly aligned, instead of higher-tech grades like SK99 and DM20.

A typical HMPE stay is spliced around a lightweight aluminium thimble, which fits easily to traditional fork at the deck end. You’ll need a special Colligo stemball fitting aloft or a CheekyTang, spliced into a loop at the top end of the shroud, then bolted through the mast.

Chafe and UV are the chief enemies of Dyneema rigs. ‘It is easier to cut and has a low melting point of 100°, so a fast-moving sheet could cut through it in seconds,’ warns Marlow sales director Paul Honess. Colligo is PVC shrink-wrapped for this reason and should last eight to 12 years without mishap.

Aromatic polyamides (Kevlar is a Dupont trademark) have low creep and high tenacity, but they also resist abrasion well – important when pitching and rolling across the Atlantic, for example.

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Aramids are five times stronger than steel rope weight-for-weight, but that multiple falls if the fibres become wet and UV light causes them rapid damage, so cables have to be well sealed and protected.

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Aramid stays

OYS has been designing Kevlar backstays with stainless steel terminations for years, and recommends a maximum working load of 40% of the cable’s breaking strain to minimise creep, so aramid stays are a little fatter than rod equivalents.

For example, an 8.5mm cable can take loads of 3000kg and yet weighs just 60g per metre. Compare that to Nitronic, where 7.5mm rod offering the same working load weighs 350g per metre. ‘You size it for stretch, and then you end up with a much higher safety factor,’ says Robbie Sargent of OYS. ‘It’s flexible and you can coil it up, plus it’s relatively price competitive and looks smart. Aramid is to all intents and purposes a cruising product.’

Black sheathing is standard, but lighter custom colours can reduce the cable’s resistance to UV. OYS does not recommend aramid shrouds on a monohull. ‘Rod and wire is pretty bullet-proof in terms of chafe and physical damage,’ says Sargent. ‘Composite rigging is a lot more fragile. A mid-sized Oyster or Swan has full battens – can go that goes through the textile sheath very quickly.’

The material works well in fore- and backstays, runners and inner fore-stays, or as lateral rigging on a multihull, he adds.

Dutch-based Aramid Rigging uses an advanced endless winding machine for made-to-measure stays. The bundle of fibres is in turn wrapped in heat shrink to keep out water, then an outer protective braid with a UV-resistant coating. The metal thimbles at each end are then sealed inside a polyurethane moulding, eliminating one common point of failure for steel rigs.

Developed in the 1980s, polybenzoxazole or PBO was seen as a step up from aramid for rigging raceboats, with nearly twice the strength and modulus – stiffness. It weighs less than 20% of rigging wire, and manufacturers have developed an easy-to-fit cruising product.

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Westmarine in the US worked with Applied Fiber to develop the Powerlite brand – fully compatible with normal terminations at the mast and deck, so it can be swapped for an existing wire or rod stay.

A sheath is extruded on to pre-tensioned bundles of PBO at the manufacturing stage, protecting the fibres from UV, water and abrasion. It can even be run through the spreaders like steel.

Allspars is the UK supplier for the Dutch EasyRigging system, but both manufacturers agree the rig should be replaced after eight years – sooner if the boats have been raced hard. Babystays, runners and removable forestays should be replaced after just four years. Some riggers, however, say that PBO has been eclipsed by carbon for performance, while Dyneema and aramid stays are cheaper and more robust. ‘PBO has proven unreliable, inexplicably brittle and very susceptible to UV damage,’ says surveyor Skov-Nielsen. ‘It doesn’t even get discussed these days when contemplating new rigging.’

The state of the art remains carbon, where Future Fibres dominates. Before you turn the page with a scoff, know that costs have plunged and manufacturing has improved – bringing carbon rigging within reach of cruising boats.

‘ECthree is entry-level for those that want to move away from rod rigging for better performance and more comfort at sea,’ says general manager James Austin. ‘We have a mission to democratise that and make it a more accessible product for someone in the 30-60ft category.’

ECthree is made of rods of pure carbon, bundled, sheathed and fitted with stainless steel terminations, making them easy to retrofit. It is similar to the peak performance ECsix product. ‘It is 20% lower in modulus but one fifth of the cost,’ says Austin. ‘We think that’s a good compromise.’

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Moving from rod to carbon rigging on a 45ft yacht is ‘equivalent to having an extra person sitting on the rail’

Carbon boat rigging saves 65% of the weight of rod rigging. It is invulnerable to water or UV, so is ideal for use on a yacht. True, carbon doesn’t handle lateral forces as well as steel, but the construction allows the fibres to move and flex within the sheath.

The stainless-steel fittings are designed to be replaceable, but the cable should be inspected and serviced regularly – a service Future provides in the package.

‘It is unrealistic to think we can get to the same price as rod, but we would hope to be less than double,’ says Austin. ‘It’s undoubtedly a cost premium to have composite rigging, but you have to look at it over 15- to 20-year life-cycle of the boat.’ The lateral rigging on a Grand Soleil 46 refitted recently cost around £15,000.

LightSpeed, a smaller US manufacturer that is also trying to drive carbon rigging into the sub-80ft cruising bracket, uses the same Toray T700 as Future, with smart titanium terminals that fit most common types of standard rigging screw and mast fitting. ‘We are unique in building an integrated Technora blend into the hoop structure of the cable, which delivers unmatched cable chafe protection and durability without adding bulk of a cover,’ says technical specialist Mike Wasten.

Comparative boat rigging costs

  • Wire and rod – rigging a Dehler 38 with standard 1×19 wire or Nitronic rod, would be an estimated £2,280 for wire and around £5,000 for rod.
  • HMPE (Dyneema/ Spectra)  – Cables to rig a Dehler 38 would cost £2,900-3,700.
  • Aramid – costs of around £7,500 for the Dehler 38 are 40-60% more than rod rigging
  • PBO  – Powerlite claims its cables cost just 30% more than rod, quoting $8,525 (£6,210) for a Dehler 38 with running backstays.
  • Carbon – $20,000 (£14,600) for a complete set of stays with runners to suit a Dehler 38.

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