Winterize Your Rigging

Winterizing a boat is very important, but most people forget about the rigging. Sometimes even the sails. This is actually not that much work, it’s just that most people don’t know what this might entail. Here is what we riggers consider when the sailing season comes to a close.

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  • Remove the HalyardsHoisting old sails for the new yearAttach a messenger or leader line (that’s long enough) to the bitter end and run all of the halyards out and just leave the messenger or leader in place. Make sure that the diameter of the messenger isn’t so small that it might jump the sheave over the winter, but use something small enough for a bowline to fit through all of the associated hardware.  Read here on tips on how to remove your halyards.


  •  Loosen the rigging, if for nothing else but to just turn the turnbuckles and give them a ‘good once over’. This is one of the best ways to inspect the standing rigging. Be sure to throw away any old cotter pins and tape, and go ahead and splurge and buy yourself some new… cotter pins and tape. When you loosen things up, make sure the stays have enough tension to hold the rig securely, nothing should be excessively loose. Then take those NEW cotter pins and just bend legs lightly to ensure things stay put through the off season. This way you can tune the rig in the spring by easily removing those new cotter pins, do a proper tune, and a fresh pin and tape. Standing rigging is an extremely crucial component in rigging safety. It is often forgotten and left unchecked which is the main reason that standing rigging fails!


first spring sail


  • Service Your Winches. Make sure all of those winches are all spinning freely and making that trademark ‘clicking’ sound. Although all of the winches should be serviced yearly, I will understand if you only do it once every two years, at least ;-0).

“If you do not hear that trademark ‘clicking’ sound the winch is unsafe to use and needs to be taken apart and serviced. A winch that doesn’t spin or even worse spins freely in both directions can really bring on a bad situation.”

  • Remove Your Sails. I know this is more along the lines of sailmaker advice for winterizing your boat, but…

…of course, you should have removed your sails for the winter…

Simply lower and remove them, lay them out on the lawn; giving them a good ‘once over’, maybe even a wash. Check them over for tears or loose stitching. If all is well fold or roll them, and store them in a dry place until spring.

Ready for Spring!

Just a quick note on furlers…

Sails that are up on a furlers all year long tend to leave the impression that the owner is really not practiced, or perhaps doesn’t know at all, how to take his or her own sail down (so don’t be that guy). If it’s not enough that it makes the sail last longer, do yourself a favor and do it just for the practice. Consider it crucial knowledge to sailing. The last reason is you can’t very well run the halyard for inspection (as mentioned above), if you don’t take the sail down. The halyard will also be attached to what is called a halyard swivel, which could probably also use an inspection.

If you are unsure about the first time taking your sail down, be sure to ask your local sailmaker, or just ask around for someone who knows what they’re doing.  I am sure that they’ll be more than delighted to help you douse, flake and stow your sail ;-0). 

Not only is checking over these items a good method of annual inspection, but it can also help make you more practiced at understanding your boat’s rigging and sails.

Read more: here are some additional guide lines to inspecting your own rigging as well as some tips to help you static tune your mast. You can also learn how to run your own halyards.

If you have any doubts, questions or concerns, leave us a comment below.

See you on the water.


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The Boat Show is back and so are we. Bigger and better than ever before, TRC has recently expanded its team and its booth. We have joined up with BSI Denmark to provide our customers with top quality Rod Rigging fittings.

So come by our booth, see our new digs, and talk to BSI and The Rigging Company for all of your rigging needs. Be it Standing Rigging, Running Rigging, Hydraulics, Spar Building/repair/painting, we’ve got you covered.

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2017 J24 East Coast Championships and

The Rigging Company J24 ECC sponsor 2017

The Rigging Company LLP (TRC) is proud to announce that it is a primary sponsor in the 39th year of the J24 East Coast Championship and J22 Mid-Atlantic Championship. This event takes place in late October starting 10/27-10/29. The venue is being held at one of Annapolis’ top sailing clubs Severn Sailing Association. J24 local legend and 2016 defending champion, Tony Parker of Parker Tide Corp. will return to defend his title.

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The event promises 3 days of some of Annapolis’ most competitive sailing along with one of the best places in the US to sail in fall, the Chesapeake Bay. Some of this years perks will include:

  • TRC will be offering pre and post event mast stepping and boat set up/ break down assistance. Scheduling is required. Please call our office at 443-847-1004 or email
  • TRC will also have two staff members standing-by at the end of each race day to help provide racers with any necessary rigging related products and services.
  • TRC will also be standing by all weekend with the TRC service truck and will offer extended hours just for the regatta. Please call us at 443-847-1004 or email for any during regatta emergencies.
  • There are also some very courteous locals that are opening their homes for free housing and boat storage to out of town race competitors. Please note: due to limited availability housing and storage will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the fleet leader, Kelly at or call 443-600-1182 for info.
  • As usual there will be some festivities Saturday and Sunday including plenty of food, and one of my favorite parts, there will be beer on tap daily.

~The Rigging Company will be standing by with 1 brand new sets of J22 and J24 Main and Jib Halyards. Ask Our Staff About the REGATTA SPECIAL!!!

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J24 and J22 sailing has offered us some of the most competitive sailing in the Annapolis area in years past. This year we are making every effort to make it grow even more.

~The class is offering considerable savings for early registrants!

Click this link to register, the deadline for early registration ends 10/20/17 for J22’s and 9/15/17 for J24’s. The more people sign up… the more people will sign up. So get your boat on the line and join us for a good time.

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