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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 Drive Suite 581
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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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
1827 15th Ave W, #A22
Seattle, WA 98119

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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

Fred RochaFred Rocha
San Diego, California

Years of Sailing / Boating: 40

Type of Sailing: Ocean Racing, Olympic class, Cruising, club and recreational level, monohull, multihull, board (windsurf and kite) hydrofoil, A class

Rigging Experience: 14 years

Professional Experience/Specialty: International Race Officer, Olympic Class coach, USCG Captain licensed... PhD Orthopedic (Brazil)

Personal Activities and Interests: Sail full size and radio sail boats, travel, diving and skydive

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.

Mike SpringerMike Springer
Newport Beach, California

Years of Sailing / Boating: 20+ years

Type of Sailing: Buoy/Offshore racing, cruising, delivery crew, one design racing (J109, Farr 40, Olson 30, etc.), former tallship volunteer

Rigging Experience: 11 years of experience

Professional Experience/Specialty: Marlinspike seamanship, square/ traditional rigging, sailmaking

Personal Activities and Interests: Scuba Diving, camping, woodworking, cruising local Channel Islands on traditionally rigged schooner and fishing

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.

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.

EddieEddie - Rope Production

With West Marine since: 1998

Specialties: Specialty Knots & Marlinspike Seamanship

Other Interests: Outdoors

From: South Carolina

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

JasonJason - Rope Lead

With West Marine since: 1999

Specialties: Specialty Splicing & Double Covers

Other Interests: Cooking, Pool, Darts

From: Ohio

BaconBacon - Rope Production

With West Marine since: 2008

Specialties: Docklines and other Braided Lines

Other Interests: 80's Horror Movies, Batman

From: Arizona

DonnieDonnie - Rope Production

With West Marine since: 2005

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

Other Interests: Fishing and his grandchildren

From: South Carolina

DustinDustin - Rope Production

With West Marine since: 2007

Specialties: Premades, Halyards, Lifeslings, Soft Shackles

Other Interests: Wild Life Conservation, Online Gaming

From: California

RobRob - Rope Production

With West Marine since: 2008

Specialties: Race Car Tethers, Wire/Rope splicing

Other Interests: Rock&Metal Music

From: South Carolina