The ‘Riggers’ of the Sailboat World

Aloft a 60 foot catameran's rigging with a view of solomon's island

Sean Simmons (Partner) Started in the marine industry in 1988 working for Harbor Yacht Rigging in Baltimore, Md as a Riggers Apprentice under the tutelage of gentleman named Tom Snow. Then was later promoted to another job in 1990 at the nearby, Get-a-way Sailing School as the Chief Technician. Around 1993 he was hired at the old Tidewater Marine Center, also in downtown Baltimore, as a General Technician who specialized in Rigging. In 1997, Sean joined the rigging team at the former Chesapeake Rigging, Annapolis Spars Ltd. to further and fine tune his rigging skills and knowledge Annapolis Chesapeake Master Riggerunder the tutelage and mentor-ship of Annapolis’s Best Riggers and the Mid-Atlantic’s only Spar builder, Mike Rittner (Master Rigger), Patrick Jinks (Master Rigger/ Hydraulics Technician), and John Lyons (Master Spar Builder).

Just to summarize  Sean’s vast sailing experience. He started sailing at the young age of 12 with his father, friends and family. He continued to sail regularly aboard his fathers boats until age 27, when he and his brother  bought and campaigned their own J-24, ‘Minor Threat’  for the next twelve years. Sean says ” dad owned three boats in total ( all at separate times), and  was very meticulous about the boats care, concerning its rigging and its cleanliness”. ” He made sure that my sister, my brother, and I were always sharp and well cross trained so that any of us could manage the boats duty’s on our own should we ever have the need to”. Today Sean hopes to employ his vast array of knowledge and experience at his new company here in Annapolis. His goal is to not only provide customers with rigging products and services at low prices, but to take it one step further and offer FREE cruising system tutorials. “Most of the problems that I have come across in this business is that people aren’t educated on how to use the various systems that their boat is equipped with”, says Sean, “So not only are we the best riggers in the business, but we will also go sailing with you and make sure that you are confident using that new furler or how to properly use your whisker pole”. “This in-itself is what will separate us from the rest”.

Rigger Annapolis The Rigging Company

Jimmie has been actively pursuing the marine industry since 2004. He began as a wood worker’s apprentice under the tutelage of Jody Leonard of Bodkin Marine Service and his initial focus was classic and historical yacht restoration, which is still of great interest to him.  However, he found himself expanding his knowledge base into marine carpentry as he gained experience in the boat yards of Annapolis and Baltimore.  Professionally, Jimmie has apprenticed under the Annapolis area’s top master riggers including Sean Simmons (Master Rigger), Patrick Jinks (Master Rigger, Hydraulic Technician), and John Lyons (Master Spar Builder). As a result of these apprenticeships and the knowledge gained through them, Jimmie found himself being promoted to General Manager of a premier mid-Atlanticaloft rigger 60 foot catameran rigging company in 2010. He excelled in this position until he decided to start a company of his own in late 2011.


Jimmie is also an avid racer, competing as a crew member on several classes of boats. He has competed in a large number of regattas in the greater Annapolis and Baltimore areas as well as his home country Germany. He knows how important the functionality of a sail boat is to the performance of the vessel on the race course. He also knows the importance of a smooth operating boat to the long pleasure cruise.

Today, Jimmie and Sean have taken it upon themselves to create a new premier mid-Atlantic company: The Rigging Company, LLP. They have a common goal to treat their customers with respect and to provide a level of service that might be expected of a boutique boat dealer. They believe that people pay a lot of money for their services and products, and they deserve to be treated accordingly. The Rigging Company takes pride in its pursuit of perfection and its customers will benefit from this fundamental philosophy.

2 thoughts on “The ‘Riggers’ of the Sailboat World

  1. What would you suggest as to the best way to secure the topping lift at the top of the mast a cotter pin or split ring? Thanks in advance.

    1. You could go either way. As long as the topping lift is actually attached to a clevis of some sort either one will work cotter pin or ring pin. They are there merely as a safety to the clevis pin and are not structural.

      Thanks for the comment!


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