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 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.READ MORE
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. Each setup is different in its design and components.
Rigit's standard rig inspection service is a visual check of everything above deck. After spending time on board we will have everything we need to prepare a written report. Based on a working knowledge and wide experience of mast terminations, rigging components and geometry, our experts can identify any problems and give recommendations for improvement or replacement.
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.READ MORE
Commissioning a mast that has been newly stepped requires specialist knowledge to get the appropriate stay tensions to induce the correct amount of mast pre-bend. Too much or too little rig tension will not only affect yacht performance but also compromise safety, especially in challenging sailing conditions.
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.READ MORE
Our professionals have many years' experience and can give you valuable advice on how to get the best from your rig. Why not give us a call at RigIt to arrange a visit.
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Wire rigging is well proven, cost effective and still the best all round choice for many boats. Rod systems benefit from lower weight aloft and decreased windage offering a better overall performance for yachts but at an increased cost. Fibre rigging, specifically PBO and Kevlar based systems, offer massive weights savings over both the other types and can work exceptionally well BUT understanding the material by your Rigger is essential. At Rigit we have a great deal of experience in all these different types and can advise you on the best type for your boat.
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.READ MORE
Different ropes; i.e. Polyester, Dyneema, PBO, require different splicing techniques and we have the resources and experience to make the correct type of splice for the reliable joining or termination for all types of modern rope. If our standard range doesn’t cover your specific requirements we are happy to source custom ropes for specific applications.