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Almost all mast failures are caused by problems in the standing or running rigging, many of which could have been easily resolved if caught early. Regular inspections and services, either before major events for racing yachts or annually for cruising boats can save money, time and potentially lives, as well as increase performance, and enjoyment and improve the chances of a successful voyage.
Rigit rig inspection service is a 360° comprehensive check of the mast and all its component parts.
Masts bend and flex as a normal part of sailing, but over time this causes wear and tear. The marine environment is particularly unforgiving and worn protective coatings can quickly escalate into much larger problems.
Our experienced team know exactly what warning signs to look for and regular inspections can mean the difference between a quick fix and a broken mast.
Pre-purchase surveys are a valuable tool when looking into purchasing a new boat. The findings 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.
Many insurance companies require surveys to be regularly completed.
Rigit can complete a survey to meet the insurance company’s requirements.
All masts bend under load as the standing rigging stretches. At its most basic, rig tuning is making sure the mast bends only in the places and directions it is designed to move, without exceeding it’s designed limitations or falling over.
Once those basic requirements have been met, rig tuning becomes the art of controlling the exact amount of flex to balance power, performance through waves and upwind speed, with consideration to the design and purpose of the hull, the cut of the sails and the requirements of the crew.
Every boat, whether cruising or racing, can benefit from a rig tune by one of Rigit experienced professionals.
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Measuring and specifying a replacement or upgraded mast for a boat is a complex process. The original mast must be exactly measured and the replacement specified. A naval architect may need to be involved in the design or certification of any changes.
Rigit has links with a variety of experienced designers and builders of masts across the world and can liaise with the most suitable supplier to meet the requirements of a boat and owner.
RUNNING RIGGING REPLACEMENT
Gone are the good old days when manila & hemp were the staples of cordage. Wire running rigging has also been and gone, much to the joy of bow teams everywhere. 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 range.
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.
STANDING RIGGING REPLACEMENT
Whether you’re replacing your standing rigging as an insurance requirement, after an incident or as a precaution before a long voyage, Rigit has one of the best best equipped workshops able to handle swaging and load testing of even largest rigs.
Our expertise and products range from cost-effective and well-proven WIRE RIGGING through ROD SYSTEMS that benefit from lower weight aloft and decreased windage, offering better overall performance for yachts but at an increased cost. FIBRE RIGGING, specifically PBO and Kevlar-based systems, offers massive weight savings over 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.
AUTHORISED SERVICE CENTRE
Regular service of parts reduces wear and tear and keeps things working at their best; whether it’s parts that should move, or parts that shouldn’t.
Regular parts servicing is an important part of preventative maintenance that allows for sacrificial wear pieces to be replaced, waterproofing and protective coatings to be renewed and moving parts to be kept well lubricated.
We are Authorised service partner for many brands.
Whether you have a specific upgrade in mind or you have something you’d like to improve but you’re not sure how to do it, Rigit has the connections and experience to help.
We have connections with a number of industry leading suppliers of both cruising and racing technology and we pride ourselves on remaining up to date with the latest improvements and developments.
Our staff are all passionate sailors and are more than happy to advise on anything you might want to achieve.
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.
NEW SAIL SUPPLY & FITTING
MASTS & SPARS
Over the years we have serviced and supplied hundreds of masts and spars as a replacement or new commissions for both small and large sailboats. We are supported by almost every world manufacturer to ensure your yacht is fitted with the most optimal mast and spar combination. Each is built to the specific requirement of the boat. We provide full service including measurements, supply, transport and installation.
HEADSAIL REEFING & FURLING SYSTEMS
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. However for club racers and the cruising sailor things have changed dramatically. Improvements in both furling systems and the ability of sailmakers to use modern cloths and to have a better understanding of how to cut a genoa that will keep its shape when reefed mean that often only one headsail is needed. Let the team at RigIt guide you into making the best choice according to your needs and budget.
MAINSAIL REEFING & FURLING
There are two methods of reefing or furling a mainsail; In-mast or In-boom. IN-BOOM Furling Systems are a fairly new concept but are becoming increasingly popular and outperform In-mast systems where once the mast is in place and the rigging is fixed it is not possible to alter the bend of the mast. Doing so would negate the sailor’s ability to reef or furl the mainsail into the mast. At RigIt we have the experience necessary to discuss the various options that are available to allow you to make the right choice for your boat.
HO LOW REEFER
FLYING SAILS REEFING AND FURLING
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.
Amazing service from Rigit UK Pavel and his crew. The rigging was surveyed, reported on and an estimate was given on the same day. We cannot thank Rigit UK and Pavel enough for their speedy work, they took on the task and completed the job within days. I would strongly recommend Pavel and his crew for their excellent work carried out on our Najad Aphrodite 36. The new rigging has been properly tuned, tested at sea and looks fantastic!
Rigit Have provided a comprehensive Rig refit on our dilapidated Moody 31, installing new Furling gear, all standing rigging, all running rigging and all new mast electrics. Pav and the team have done a fantastic job in all areas with the finish throughout very high, in particular the rope work is excellentThe work took slightly longer than originally quoted, primarily due to the need to source parts for old / discontinued spars. Pav was very helpful throughout the process and guided me through various options as we went through, I would trust his expertise in any area of my boat now.
Exceptional service from Rigit UK. I needed help with the rig on my Rustler 36. Pav and his team booked me in at short notice in the busiest time of year. Riggers, Ned and Dom arrived on time to the minute, no waiting around on the dock. They expertly solved the problem at the top of the mast on a windy day. A wholly professional set up at reasonable cost. I will not hesitate to use Rigit again.