Running Rigging

 

Capabilities
Our rigging department is capable of producing any fibrous rigging solution.  Many of the specialty solutions we provide have been innovated in-house.

Line Selection
Before choosing the splices you would like us to perform, be sure to choose the correct line for the application by visiting our Line Selection Guide.

Pre Specified Halyards
Check out our selection of Pre Specified Halyards.  No need to call us.  Just pick one and we will rig it up as specified and ship it to you.

Splice v. Knot
Splices enable a line to retain 90 - 95% of its maximum working load. A knot reduces working loads by more than 50%.

Brummel Splice
We use the lesser known Brummel Splice in 12-Strand eye splices where applicable. The splice turns the line "in-side-out" and then back on itself. This "cross-braids" the line so fibers are effectively locked and can't pull out. It takes a bit more work, but we think it's worth the effort.

Whiplocks™
Although more time consuming, all of our seizings receive a Whiplock™ at no additional charge. Whiplocks™ incorporate a locking stitch and provide a highly visible inspection point for lines. If a Whiplock™ shows broken strands or the strands are at severe angles, very likely the line was overloaded. In addition, Whiplocks™ are more durable than standard whips and help to prevent no-load movement of splices due to mishandling.

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Rigging Services


rigging 12 strand eye splice

12 Strand Eye Splice

Applies to single braids or the uncovered cores of high tech double braids. The most common type of line termination, perfect for replacing knots. We can splice in a thimble if you wish. Includes Whiplock™.

Note: This splice will consume two feet of line, so make sure you order line that is long enough.

Rigging Charge: $12.00 per splice

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Double Braid Eye Splice 

A "Double Braid" eye splice is core-to-cover.  Both the core and the cover share the load. Used for 100% polyester double braids like Sta Set , XLS, ULS and Trophy Braid.  Use to attach a shackle, or anywhere else you need a secure replacement for a knot, e.g., at a becket. We can splice in a thimble if you wish.  Available for line diameters of 1/4" or greater. Includes Whiplock™.

Note: This splice will consume two feet of line, so make sure you order your line long enough.

Rigging Charge: $16.00 per splice

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Hi-Tech Eye Splice

A "high tech" eye splice is core-to-core. The core takes all the load and the cover serves to protect the core. 

Used for lines with high tech cores: 
Dyneema Cored Double Braids
Vectran Cored Double Braids
Blended Cored Double Braids
Dyneema Blended Double Braids

Use to attach a shackle, or anywhere else you need a secure replacement for a knot, e.g., at a becket. We can splice in a thimble if you wish. Let us know and we'll make the eye long for luggage tag attachment to hardware. Available for line diameters of 1/4" or greater. Includes Whiplock™.

Note: This splice will consume two feet of line, so make sure you order your line long enough.

Rigging Charge: $25.00 per splice

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 Reeving Splice

We put this 'eye splice' on the ends of your halyards to make installing them a breeze. Attach your halyard leader to the reeving splice and pull the halyard through the mast. The splice is thin, so it won't snag. For installation purposes only. Available for line diameters of 1/4" or greater. Use the Halyard Leader for easy installation.

Note: This splice will consume one foot of line, so make sure you order your line long enough.

Rigging Charge: $7.00 per splice

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12 Strand "Luggage Tag" Splice

Applies to single braids (Vectrus 12, Ultrex 12 and AmSteel Blue) or the uncovered cores of strippable high tech double braids (Crystalyne, Maxibraid Plus) Basically, a large eye splice that attaches like a luggage tag to a suitcase handle. Use it to attach your halyard shackle for convenient replacement, or to securely attach a sheet directly to a sail's tack or clew, avoiding the weight of a shackle. Includes Whiplock™.

Used with Dyneema and Vectran single braids:

Note: This splice will consume two feet of line, so make sure you order your line long enough.

Rigging Charge: $12.00 per splice

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Halyard Ball Stop

Plastic balls protect your eye splice from chafing at the masthead exit. Stopper balls are drilled out to fit snugly against the shackle. Please specify color. Available in red, blue, green, black, yellow or white.

Choose from the following (sold separately):
Standard Stopper Balls
Big Boat Stopper Balls 

Rigging Charge: $12.00 per 

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Whiplock™ End Whips

Whiplocks™ are a bit more time consuming than a simple whip, but it's all we use on our rigging work. The core is locked to the cover and no-load movement is prevented. Recommended for any line. 

Rigging Charge: $5.00 per whip

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Single Braid to Single Braid Splice

Our single braid to single braid splice allows us to step down the diameter by half of our single braid lines like Swiftcord or Racing Sheet to another piece of the same type of line or to smooth running Amsteel Blue. This is a great option where there is a lot of purchase and need for an efficient small diameter line, but you would still like the nice feel of a large diameter single braid in your hand. Options for this set up are almost endless, it you can think it up we can probably make it.

Note: This splice will consume two feet of both lines, so make sure you order your line long enough.

Rigging Charge: $16.00 per splice 

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Chafe Sleeve

Stripping a halyard is a great way to reduce the weight, but one of the drawbacks is increased chafe to the exposed core where it exists the mast.  

To prevent this from becoming a problem we can add New England Dyneema Chafe Sleeve (DCS) to the end of the halyard where it exits.  The 48 carrier construction of the DCS is more durable than the original cover and will greatly extend the life of your stripped halyard.

Note: This splice will consume two feet of line (one foot on each end), so make sure you order your line long enough

Rigging Charge: $22.00

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Core or Cover Bulk

High tech lines allow you to downsize to a diameter too small for your clutches to hold effectively.   To improve holding, we increase the line’s outside diameter only in the area where it’s clutched.

Core Bulk:  We insert a tapered length of 3/16" AmSteel Dyneema into the core of the halyard in the area that is clutched.  Note: The taper will consume two feet of AmSteel (one foot on each end), so make sure you order your line long enough.

Cover Bulk: We add a second cover (usually Yale Cover Only) and tapper and bury the ends back into the line that is being covered.  Note: This splice will consume two feet of line (one foot on each end), so make sure you order your cover long enough.

Rigging Charge: $60.00 Core Bulk Splice - Insert
Rigging Charge: $60.00 Core Bulk Splice  - second cover

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Stripped Cover

A simple way to save weight aloft is to strip the cover off a portion of your halyard. We strip the cover from the head of the sail to the point just before where it's handled.  From that point down we leave the cover so that the halyard can be winched, cleated, clutched or even jumped during the hoist.  Also, good for spinnaker sheets in low wind conditions; mainsheets to aid running free; and any control line that would benefit lighter weight and freer running.


Used with high tech double braids that have a 100% Dyneema, Spectra or Vectran core that is coated during manufacturing.


Rigging Charge: $22.00 

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Cover Added on Center of 12 Strand - Mainsheet

Get the strength of a High Tech core and the durability of a polyester cover. Save weight and reduce the pile of soggy mainsheet in the cockpit all in one swift move.  We take AmSteel single braid and cover the middle with a polyester cover like Yale's Cover-Only. While beating and close reaching you handle and cleat the covered portion. 


While broad reaching and running (when there is less load on the mainsheet), you hold and cleat the uncovered tail. Ask that both tails be made the same length and you can flip the mainsheet around when the active section begins to wear. Please specify your length requirements. The two cover end buries will consume one and a half feet of line each, so make sure you order your line long enough. 

Rigging Charge: $28.00

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Cover Splice on 12 Strand

An alternative to stripping the cover off a high tech line is adding a cover to a 100% Vectrus, Dyneema or Spectra 12 strand.  This is generally used when there is a specific cover type required or cover is only needed in a short section.  We have many cover only options depending on your needs.  The cover end bury will consume one foot of cover, so make sure you order your line long enough. 

Rigging Charge: $28.00

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Asymmetrical Spin Sheets - Bridle


Our bridle sheet system helps you get the chute around fast (key when jibing an asymmetrical spinnaker) by preventing the clew from getting stuck on the headstay. We make these up by stripping the cover from Dyneema cored double braids. The uncovered ends are spliced together, leaving one line to be attached to the clew. The single tail that is tied to the clew is generally around three feet long. Please specify your length requirements. 

Rigging Charge: $60.00

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asymmetrical spinnaker sheets three part

Asymmetrical Spin Sheets - Three Part

This is a great method for attaching sheets to an asymmetrical spinnaker. Here we make the sheets by stripping the cover from Dyneema cored double braids. The cover is left on in the areas that are cleated, winched and handled. The short piece is luggage-tagged directly to the eyes on the end of both sheets, then you can tie the ~3' tail directly to the clew of the spinnaker. This setup prevents the clew from catching during jibes. 

Rigging Charge: $90.00

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Bridle Jib Sheets


Innovated first for the Snipe class, we strip and bury the covers then brummel the core of a high tech line in the middle leaving a single tail to make either a luggage eye or to splice in a Press Lock or J-Lock shackle. We have seen this used with success on larger boats with roller furled jibs such as the J/105 and J/111. We recommend the using a Dyneema cored double braid,

Rigging Charge: $60.00 - $90.00

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APS Custom Jacklines

Tethers and harnesses are only as good as the jack lines to which they are attached. Jack lines are often too stretchy, especially those made of webbing. Remember that jack lines are meant to keep you on the boat, not trolling in the water behind it.

Our jack lines start with 1/4" spectra line that is low stretch, abrasion resistant and has a 6600 lbs. tensile strength. We eye splice each end (one end can be shackled or luggage tagged and the other lashed and tensioned with some 1/8" spectra line - sold sep.). We then cover the entire length with tubular Polyester webbing to protect the spectra line and keep it from rolling under your feet.

Materials (1/4" AmSteel 12 and 1" tubular webbing) are sold separately. Consider terminating your jack lines at an aft point that is a whole tether length forward of the stern to minimize the danger of falling out of the boat while tethered.

Note: This splice on both ends will each consume two feet of AmSteel line, so make sure you order your line long enough.  Webbing is ordered at the same finished total length of the finished jack line

Rigging Charge: $34.00 per jack line

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MaxiJacket Coating

The color coating that you see on single braided lines and the cores of high tech lines that allows them to be used with or without a cover is maxijacket. Long used on commercial rope for firming lines to increase snag resistance, improve abrasion resistance and help keep contaminants from entering the rope. Maxijacket can increase the life of braided polyester up to eight times. Volvo, AC and large blue water racers have used coatings with great success in recent years. We offer the same coating to increase the life of your own halyards, sheets, and guys. 


Application of this water based urethane coating accomplishes two things: increases line life in high wear areas and makes our splices more effective by adding a "coefficient of friction." Apply the coating to eye splices to decrease wear at the working end. Coat halyards at the point where they exit the mast and at the ends of spinnaker guys to reduce wear from the pole. Even if a line is factory coated a second coat in our rigging shop can add more line life. We offer the coating in six color choices: red, blue, green, black, yellow or clear. We usually coat two feet at the shackle eye splice and/or working end. 

Rigging Charge: $2.50 per foot of application 

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