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West Marine Rigging Service was founded in 1993 to meet the increasing demand for high quality custom rigging assemblies for our sailing and powerboat customers. Since that time, we've employed skilled managers and talented riggers to produce consistent, cost effective products. Visit one of our In-Store Rigging Shops.


Production Facility
860 Marine Dr. Ste 581
Rock Hill, SC 29730
M-F 8am-7pm ET

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Newport, Rhode Island
379 West Main Rd.
Middletown RI 02842

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Annapolis, Maryland
113 Hillsmere Dr.
Annapolis, MD 21403

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2401 S. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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Newport Beach, CA Rigging Shop

Newport Beach, CA
3433 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Seattle, Washington
1400 NW 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98107

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Alameda, California
2230 S Shore Ctr.
Alameda, CA 94501

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San Diego, California
1250 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106

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Kemah, Texas
1401 Marina Bay Dr.
Kemah, TX 77565

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Mark ChandlerMark Chandler
West Coast

Years of Sailing / Boating: 40

Type of Sailing: Cruising & Racing

Rigging Experience: 14 years

Professional Experience/Specialty: Many offshore miles racing and cruising.  Mooring system fabrication and installation.  Inshore racing Melges 20/24/32s, J-105, most ULDBs, multihulls.

Personal Activities and Interests: Hobie farming, racing sailboats, robotics, kids.

Brandon Ritt
Newport, Rhode Island

Years of Sailing/ Boating: Over 12 years in the Industry

Type of Sailing: Club Cruising and Racing as well as a Professional Charter Crew Member.

Rigging Experience: Been with West Marine Rigging for 3 years and has many non-professional rigging experiences

Professional Experience/Specialty: USCG 100- ton Master Near Coastal License with Aux Sail and Tow. First-mate on private vessel for four years sailing the Caribbean and New England.

Personal Activities and Interests: Sailing, surfing, golf and snowboarding. Anything outside and or near the water.

Julian RichardsJulian Richards
Annapolis, Maryland

Years of Sailing / Boating: 35

Type of Sailing: Cruising & Racing

Rigging Experience: 10 years

Professional Experience/Specialty: Hotel and catering management, boat building, captain and skippering, charter business, built two boats with family. Two transatlantic crossings, live aboard for 5 years

Personal Activities and Interests: Sailboat Racing, Golf, Reading, Travel.

Ryan FernandezRyan Fernandez
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Years of Sailing / Boating: Sailing for about 4 years / been on boats my whole life

Type of Sailing: Club racing / Cruise sailing

Rigging Experience: I've been rigging for West Marine for the last 4 years

Professional Experience / Specialty: I have been working on boats doing Capt, mate, deckhand, and maintenance for the last 7 years

Personal Activities and Interests: Love being on the water sailing, surfing, and fishing

Ken McManusKen McManus
Seattle, WA

Years of Sailing / Boating: On and Off for 30 years

Type of Sailing: Cruising and club sailing

Rigging Experience: 4 years with West Marine plus Navy and other experience

Professional Experience/Specialty: Architectural, marine and float plane rigging.

Personal Activities and Interests: Skiing, sailing, diving, cooking/baking, and traveling.

Wayne CoughWayne Cough
Alameda, California

Years of Sailing / Boating: 62, had my first boat at 8 years old but was active with my father for as long as I can remember

Type of Sailing: Both power and sail but mostly sail. One design racing, Blue Jay, Lightning, Thistle, Finn, J24, Etchells-currently have a Thistle and an Etchells

Rigging Experience: 5 years with WM, lots of non-professional experience

Professional Experience/Specialty: Operations Management

Personal Activities and Interests: Sailing, golf, skiing, boat restoration.

Kirk BernardKirk Bernard
Newport Beach, California

Years of Sailing / Boating: 26 years

Type of Sailing: Cruising and Racing PHRF and One Design (Cal 25, J 105, Shock 35, Farr 40), and Delivery Crew

Rigging Experience: Less than a year with West Marine but have been rigging boats non-professionally for several years.

Professional Experience/Specialty: 5 years Submarine Service, Marlinspike seamanship, yacht deliveries, rescue diver, and restaurant management

Personal Activities and Interests: Sailing, Scuba diving, Woodworking, Cycling, Hiking/Backpacking and Cooking

Franklin ViolaFranklin Viola
Kemah, Texas

Years of Sailing / Boating: 40+ years

Type of Sailing: Buoy racing ARC Beachcat Catamarans, International crew for sailing and power boats, cruising.

Rigging Experience: 5+ years

Professional Experience/Specialty: B.S. in Marine Science and Marine transportation, Unlimited tonnage 2nd and 3rd mate, NAUI Scuba Instructor, Wildlife photographer

Personal Activities and Interests: Sailing, Scuba Diving, Underwater Photography, traveling, enjoying the great outdoors.

Victor McKnightVictor McKnight
San Diego, CA

Years of Sailing / Boating: 40

Type of Sailing: Cruising, sail & power, racing One Design and PHRF (J120, 9 Meter, J22, Snipe)

Rigging Experience: 1.5 years with West Marine. Many years non-professional

Professional Experience/Specialty: Biotech manufacturing, boat repair and maintenance professional and non-professional

Personal Activities and Interests: Boating, racing, cooking, fishing, gardening, and DIY home and auto projects

JasonJason - Rope Lead

With West Marine since: 1999

Specialties: Specialty Splicing & Double Covers

Other Interests: Cooking, Pool, Darts

From: Ohio

AaronAaron - Wire Lead

With West Marine since: 1999

Specialties: Wire Swaging, Regatta Support, Hydraulics, New Shop Construction

Other Interests: Hockey, NFL, Fishing & Hunting

From: Florida

RobPaul - Rigging Specialist

Years of Sailing/Boating: 30

Type of Sailing: Racing/Deliveries

Professional Experience/Specialties: Lots of one design racing, rig tuning, offshore deliveries. Inshore racing in classes including: Laser, E-Scow, Melges 20/24, J24/70/120, Lightning, 1D35, Farr30/40, GP26.

Personal Activities and Interests: Inshore & Offshore Fishing, linux servers, wildlife photography.

RobRob - Rope Production

With West Marine since: 2008

Specialties: Race Car Tethers, Wire/Rope splicing

Other Interests: Rock&Metal Music

From: South Carolina

DonnieDonnie - Rigging Specialist

With West Marine since: 2005

Specialties: Workboats, is a Licensed Captain - 100T Aux/Sail Radar

Other Interests: Fishing and his grandchildren

From: South Carolina