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Chockablock with useful commentary and several engaging videos, this article will get you up to speed on what to consider when selecting running rigging for your application.
By Tom Burden, Last updated 6/12/2019
This article discusses stainless steel alloys and alerts sailors to the danger of crevice corrosion. You’ll also find a helpful checklist to follow when inspecting your standing rigging.
By Tom Burden, Last updated 6/13/2019
A bosun's chair is the most popular way to climb a sailboat's mast. With commentary that includes important tips and with an informative video, this article instructs sailors on how to safely go aloft.
By Tom Burden, Last updated: 10/28/2019
Is It Time for a Rigging Tune-up?
Like your car, sailboats also have an “engine”—in the form of their sails, standing rigging and running rigging. Depending on the type of sailboat you have, this “engine” might be low-tech, high-tech or maybe somewhere in between. To keep this engine “tuned up” and operating its best, West Marine offers a complete selection of standing and running rigging; plus a variety of rigging tools, hardware and accessories.
Running rigging includes halyards, jib sheets and other lines used to raise, lower and otherwise control sails. If your running rigging has seen better days, now might be the time to replace it. Our selection runs the gamut, from economical polyester single- and double-braids to high-tech, low-stretch line made from materials such as Dyneema, Spectra, Technora, Kevlar and Vectran.
Standing rigging supports your boat’s mast. If your standing rigging is old and corroded, consider replacing it. We offer a complete selection of standing rigging, including standard 1 x 19 stainless steel and Dyform wire.
Do-it-yourselfers can take advantage of West Marine’s complete selection of standing rigging hardware. In addition to 1 x 19 wire, you will find a complete selection of wire terminals to accommodate most applications. Examples include turnbuckles, toggles and a variety of swage fittings.
West Marine also offers a complete selection of lifeline hardware, including 7 x 7 wire, lifeline turnbuckles, toggles and other fittings.
Online and in our stores, you will also find specialized systems and equipment, including trapeze gear, vangs and backstay adjusters.
West Marine’s selection of boat rigging hardware encompasses all the most respected brands, including FSE Robline, Loos, New England Ropes, Ronstan, Samson Rope, Alexander Roberts, Alps Wire Rope, C. Sherman Johnson, Schaefer, Suncor and Edson Marine to name a few.
Of course, for hard or complicated jobs, experienced professionals at West Marine Rigging Service are always ready to help.