Types of rigging
The rig on your boat can take on many guises. It’s a combination of masts, booms, wire and rope rigging, plus all ancillary equipment - and it’s a large and vital part of your boat. For the best mix of performance, reliability and operational safety, tuning requires a degree of technical knowledge. At Caley Marina we have the staff and the expertise to help you achieve your goals for safe sailing. There are many different types of rig out there:
The Masthead Rig, where the forestay and backstay reach to the top of the masthead.
The Fractional Rig, where the forestay stops just short of the top of the mast, you have deck stepped and keel stepped masts, and single or multiple spreader rigs.
There are also many different types of lateral rigging. Understanding what you have and how it works helps you get the most out of your sailing trips.
How often do you need to inspect rigging?
At some point, the rigging on your boat will need repair or replacement. Most insurance companies specify this is done at ten-year intervals; it’s worthwhile checking with yours so that there are no nasty surprises in store if you need to make a claim.
Many people don’t realise that if you tie a knot in a piece of rope, you can reduce its strength by up to 50%. If possible, a suitable splice can reduce this loss to between 10 and 20%. If you’re using rope for a halyard, be sure to use pre-stretched rope. If it’s for a mooring or tying up, use regular non pre-stretched rope, which gives a degree of ‘spring’ to help absorb shocks.
The rigging components that we use at Caley Marina
We use only the best components and wire in all our re-rigging jobs, genuine Sta-lok parts and no cheap substitute brands. This ensures you get the very best equipment available. Most wire used in standing rigging is either 1x19 or Dyform; if more flexibility is needed, 7x19 is more suitable. When it comes to running rigging (the ropes), again we use only the best - English Braids. This company supplies a wide range of ropes, each designed for a specific purpose, whether it be Multi Plait, Braid on Braid, three and four strand, each manufactured using a wide range of materials: polyester, nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene and Dyneema.
Caley Marina has a moorings installation service. We don’t use concrete blocks as a cubic metre of concrete weighs 2.4 tonnes in air, but because of the Archimedes Principle, in water the same block weighs only 1.4 tonnes. We only use properly sized Admiralty Pattern anchors, a minimum of two, with certain locations requiring three. You should also check you are using the correct size of ground chain.