standing rigging
Typical standing rig setup, with continuous wire shrouds. See cap shroud and diagonal passing through spreader tip

Annapolis Rigging provides complete sailboat rigging services.

Yacht Rigging come in two types; standing and running.

Standing Rigging is the term used for all the standing parts of a masts rigging. They are fixed and do not move and include the cap shrouds, diagonals, headstays,  backstays and even bob stays, and inner forestays.

Annapolis Rigging is an expert in all forms of Rigging a Mast; including rod rigging, wire rigging and synthetic rigging.

Standing Rigging Types

Rod Rigging

Wire Rigging

Rod Rigging or Wire Rigging

The benefits of rod are less stretch, less weight, less windage, and longer life than wire, due to less corrosion of the rod itself.

The benefits of wire over Rod include it’s easier to fix in remote places and on your own. With a spare mechanical end fitting, wire and the proper tools, you can replace a stay pretty much anywhere.

Wire rigging is generally less expensive and easier to handle. Finally, rod rigging requires what's called a cold head requiring a purpose-­built machine.

How often should I replace my standing rigging?

How do you know when it’s time to renew your Mast rigging? There are some obvious answers to this one — for instance, if your wire rigging has broken strands or if it’s suffering from rust-colored streaks circling down the wire. This could mean one of two things: one it’s simply surface rust, or two, that during manufacture, a strand might have picked up some contamination and is compromised, which is cause for concern.

A third visual indicator are cracks in swaged fittings, some of the most common end fittings for wire. Cracks are hard to see (use a magnifying glass). Then there’s just age, and this factor as a reason to re-rig is more subject to a boat’s use over time.

Some insurance companies, will require a re-rig if you’re purchasing a used boat that has standing rigging older than 15 years.

Running Rigging

Running rigging is the term use for all the moving parts of the rigging systems, They include sheets and halyards and also include running backstays.

Running Rigging and Cordage

Rigging Terminology

  • Clevis pin
  • Cotter pin
  • Marine eye, marine fork
  • Shrouds
  • Swage fittings
  • Swage studs
  • Swageless or Mechanical fittings
  • Tangs stainless mast
  • Threaded stud
  • Toggle
  • Turnbuckle open or closed, toggled, fixed, fixed eye jaw, fixed jaw,