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“When I was preparing my 33′ sailboat for a single handed transatlantic passage from Boston, I didn’t know who could perform a thorough checking of the rigging, so I contacted the Rigging Company to know if they could recommend someone around my zip code. Last winter I removed the mast and redid everything that was important by myself, but I am not a professional, so I was still looking for highly competent experts in the field to make sure the standing rigging was in suitable shape for my program. Jimmie himself helped spontaneously, and gave me his advice after I described the whole thing, including my concerns.
It is actually the first time I received such a willingness to help from an expert professional, responding to my questions and concerns with such detailed advice, I was blown away.
Thank you so very much for your time Jimmie! I will remember this, and cite you as an example showing that expertise can go along with kindness very well (there is no side effect!).
Needless to say that I will get to Annapolis before leaving, and for anything I need in terms of rigging from now on. I am a convinced customer, and I truly recommend Jimmie’s services.”
“I needed the main halyard replaced on Trinity, my Saber 386, with short turn around and the Rigging Company came through. I called late in the afternoon, after leaving messages with another rigger who still hasn’t returned my calls, and Jimmie answered. He took the time to discuss the situation, estimate the cost, and expedite parts and labor. The job exceeded my expectation. Thanks for standing by your commitments and providing top quality service. I’ll be back!”
“The Rigging Co. puts you on their schedule and keeps it. We wanted our rigging checked prior to the installation of our new sails. It all went like clockwork. Jimmie and crew were very professional and thorough in explaining all aspects of my rig. Now I feel very confident!”
~Catalina 42 MKII
“Jimmie and his team were superb. Great communications with effective use of IT meant prompt and on schedule performance. His techs were on time and efficient in performing rig inspection and tuning. Additionally, they offered suggestions to improve whisker pole stowage and backstay rig. No issues, no drama, fair price. Best rigging service in Annapolis.”
~Jeanneau 42i Performance
“The team just completed the third job for me and I would never use anyone else. Very knowledgeable and professional and get things done on time. Hate to say it, but that is hard to find in this area.”
“Met Jimmie at the boat show about three years ago. He was very engaging and clearly knew his business. We subsequently had the company redo our lifelines. They did a wonderful job. Because of that, we had the reefing lines, outhaul and internal work done on our boom. As before, a great job and much appreciated. We have a Pearson 28-2 and Jimmie won’t get rich from work on our boat – I have appreciated his willingness to talk with us and answer any questions we might have. If we need work in the future I won’t hesitate to go back to the Rigging company and I recommend them to others without hesitation. Good folks.
“The Rigging Company did a great job of designing, contracting for, and installing a new mast, boom, vang, standing and running rigging on my J/40. They are not only competent professionals, but always took the time to explain what was going on, discuss various options, and answer all my questions. They always promptly returned e-mails and phone calls, and were extremely helpful throughout the time it took to finish the job. They made the new mast accessible to me so that I could install the mast-head electrical equipment. Last but not least, their costs were reasonable. I highly recommend them.”
~ J 40
“Jimmie and the guys at the Rigging Company were able to transform an idea into reality…….. the project was to adapt a pocket boom to the current rig…… the amount of thinking, engineering and technical expertise and practical know-how that went to into making this happen was truly above and beyond….. and the result showed that to anyone who looked! One of the best parts was the great conversations and interactions we had as the project progressed…….. you walk away knowing that the work is top notch, done correctly, and there is a team standing behind what they did. Very few business nowadays make sure you walk away with a warm and fuzzy feeling, and the Rigging Company is one of them!”
~ C&C 110
“This is the second year that we have had Jim and his colleagues perform a significant amount of rigging-related work for us. In addition to some regular maintenance items, we wanted to add Code 0 and A2 sails. Because we typically sail the boat short handed, we also wanted to use a furling system for both sails. Once again, Jim was extremely thorough and thoughtful about the entire process, including structural considerations for the mast and sprit, the location and installation of various control lines (e.g. twings), helping us research and evaluate the available systems and accessories, working with the sailmaker, and then installing and demo-ing it all. He also made a number of small but significant tweaks before and after the test sail to further enhance performance and ease of use. Once again, I can’t say enough good things about the folks at The Rigging Company, the quality of their work, and their commitment to getting it right.”
“There are many rigging companies between Naples, Florida and Annapolis Maryland but I sure am glad I trucked my sailboat 1,200 miles to the work yard of The Rigging Company of Annapolis. In fact, the transportation cost became insignificant compared to the value of workmanship and professionalism these guys dedicated to my refit project.
I asked The Rigging Company team, lead by Jimmie and Sean, to basically give me a new mast, boom and a couple of roller furlers. Pretty simple, right?
Well, Jimmie evaluated my rigging from the deck up. He presented me with several refit options with the most detailed set of estimates I have ever seen. His estimates itemized everything…..from the Selden mast, LiesureFurl boom, Harken furlers, full set of sails, fiberglass work, electrical work, winches, blocks, shackles, to the footage of standing and running rigging, to every little fitting, clevis pin, etc., etc. Nothing was overlooked.
Jimmie presented me with not just the right package but an education too. So patient. So helpful. Plus, watching Sean at work taught me a lot about how to safely minimize my movement on deck while maximizing the full potential of my rigging arrangement. (Sean doesn’t say a whole heck of a lot but when he tells you something….listen.)
Upon completion, I decided to sail my boat back to Naples, Florida, stopping at a lot of marinas along the way. Sailors approached me at every single marina with compliments and questions about my new rigging. It was a great singlehanded trip….rough days (40 knot gusts, ten foot seas)…..light days (full gennaker or wing to wing with my new whisker pole package, sweet!!) an absolute blast with safe sailing the whole way.
Thanks so much Jimmie and Sean. You guys are the best.”
“Brad and the rest of the crew at the Rigging Company have been awesome. I have used them several times for consultation and part supplier for all of my rigging needs. I can’t say enough good things about them. I will definitely use them again.”
“I have been in the boating business for a long time and recently restored a 1980 Morgan 382 and worked with The Rigging Company to do an extensive rigging refit. Jim let me know he was interested in my business and met me at the yard the next day. He and Brad looked over the boat and asked me a lot of questions and made suggestions and shortly thereafter I received a detailed and extensive estimate. I am a do-it-yourself-er type and even so, he was interested in working with me, so I took care of many items (wiring, chainplates, removing and re-stepping the mast, while he handled the majority of the work. He advised me on what I could do to save money. He worked closely with me, communicated via phone and email and was always available to answer questions. He went over the final bill in detail with me and overall, I am quite pleased with the quality and professionalism of their work. They know their business and it was great to work with Jim and his crew”
“I called to have an inspection done of my Schaefer 1100 series roller furler. I had recently purchased the boat in New England and was having survey repairs conducted at a local yard. With the mast down, there was no better time to have the roller furler inspected.
I got more than I bargained for.
- In the first place, Jimmie was incredibly prompt.
- In the second place, Jimmie inspected the entire rig and made appropriate comments.
- In the third place, Jimmie charged me less than he estimated he would on the phone interview.
And finally, I learned an incredible amount about my boat’s rig during a wide-ranging and very pleasant conversation ranging from “woodies” to the America’s Cup. It was the most enjoyable part of my day.”
~SEA SPRITE 28
“I am very grateful to the Rigging Company for persisting with a difficult problem until it was successfully solved – and going the ‘extra mile’.”
– HUNTER 216
“Dear Jimmie and Sean,
We just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all of the fine work that you did on Serenity. We are particularly grateful for and impressed by the care and thought that you put into all of the work, especially (but not limited to) the bobstay arrangement. We also really appreciate your commitment to helping us continue to improve the boat and sail her better.
P.S. Please feel encouraged to have any potential customer who’s looking for an evaluation of your work to contact me. ”
HIGHLY recommend their services!
I sold a Sabre 42 with the standard tall rig up in Maine to a client, sailed it down to Annapolis with him, and needed an installation of the Leisure Furl system. Priced several firms. Jim was the most responsive and offered a competitive price. They did fantastic work, quickly, and my client and I were thrilled with the project and results.
After the job was done, Jim and Sean spent time with us to make sure we understood the ins and outs of the system. My client, as I write this, is a year into cruising in the Caribbean and having a blast. The rig made off shore voyaging a piece of cake for a cruising couple.
TRC is my go-to firm for my rigging needs on a regular basis. LOVE the Leisure Furl system too!”
“Just paid my bill for rigging work. It was fair, honest and a great value. Sean did an excellent job! And, Jimmie is an invaluable resource.”
~ ERICSON 27
“In the summer of 2013 my wife and I were searching for a rigger to help in the refit of our new-to-us CR 38 cutter. We evaluated several options, many of them very good, but selected The Rigging Company based primarily on our initial conversations and what is a deep technical knowledge of the subject matter. We both felt that TRC do not hard sell us on anything and based on their willingness to share knowledge freely and guide us (rather than direct us), confidence in our choice grew quickly. TRC quickly became our trusted advisor. TRC was very professional and attentive when it came to our changing requirements, which happened pretty regularly. Their service is exemplary and they went way above and beyond during their delivery. Their prices are well within the range I expect from the industry, their pricing model is more than fair, and they deliver on time. On top of that – they are just great guys. Hats off to Sean and Jimmie.
“Jimmie and crew did an excellent job finishing my rigging on my Coronado 41. They are very professional and are more than willing to work with you. They make you feel special no matter how dumb a question you may ask. I will never use any other rigging company.”
“The Rigging Co. is without a doubt your best bet for top quality rigging work done superbly well, in a timely fashion, at a fair price. This past winter they unstepped my mast, prepped and painted the mast, refurbished the in-mast roller furler, replaced incandescent lights with LED’s, added a fog horn/ hailer, replaced running rigging, replaced lifelines and expertly tuned the rig. Jimmie kept me informed of the progress of the work on a weekly basis. He would send me emails including pictures with updates on the work in progress.
I told Jimmie that I wanted the paint job on the mast/boom to look like a “baked enamel finish”. That is exactly what they delivered. It looks better than new.
I could not be more pleased with their professionalism, level of knowledge and experience, communication skills, honesty, and fair pricing.
I recommend The Rigging Co. without reservation.”
“Jimmie Cockerill has provided excellent professional rigging services for my former sailboat, a Bristol 38.8, and my current sailboat, a Little Harbor 44. I value Jimmie’s expert advice and appreciate the quality of The Rigging Company’s work which has been, without exception, 100% satisfactory. In addition, Jimmie does everything within his power to please his clients and to meet their expectations. I highly recommend The Rigging Company and wish them continued success.”
~LITTLE HARBOR 44
“After acquiring a somewhat neglected 1975 Pearson 26 OD, I called The Rigging Company to inspect and complete some repairs to the standing rigging. Sean and Jimmie came to Quantico, VA to conduct the initial inspection and provide a series of upgrade options. I was very impressed with their professionalism, knowledge, and skill. I commissioned them to refit all of the standing rigging. This was a major refit requiring several trips to complete the job. Their work was first rate and reasonably priced which led me to have them complete some additional upgrades including new ST winches, new traveler, and installation of a bow sprit. They remain very helpful whenever I call for advice or recommendations and I continue to purchase all my rigging supplies from them. I recommend The Rigging Company without hesitation.”
“Jimmie and the crew at The Rigging Company are absolutely first rate. They re-bedded the chain plates and replaced the Edson steering linkage. Additionally, they installed the upgrade to my roller furler. All of this work was completed perfectly and they left the boat neat and clean. I would trust them to do any rigging related job. I also trust them to do this work on my boat without my having to be there.”
~ CATALINA 34
“The team at The Rigging Company is first rate. They have added corporate professionalism and excellence in product and service delivery to yacht rigging. True to their vision they deliver the best product for the best price. If you need work completed on your boat – look no further – these are the guys to call.”
“I contacted Jimmie to troubleshoot a problem on a new roller furler he had installed over a year earlier. He checked out the problem immediately, determined it was a manufacturing defect or shipping damage issue, coordinated with the manufacturer for replacement pieces, performed all the labor to correct the problem — and there was no charge at all for the service! Jimmie’s a great resource: knowledgeable and experienced, and stands behind his work.”
~ SABRE 30
“I called Jimmie with a problem that occurred on my running rigging, and he willingly went up the mast, fixed my problem, and did a rigging examination …. all without charge. Jimmie considered the fix easy, and part of the inspection. That’s what I call customer service!
“Last Spring I hired the team at The Rigging Co. to completely re-do the standing rigging, paint the mast, add lazy jacks and install a new roller furling on my 1986 Hunter ’34. The original 26 year old rigging was becoming a concern to me. They did a great job at a fair price and in a timely fashion. I was very pleased with the professionalism of their work and now have one less thing to worry about when those summer thunderstorms pop up on the bay.”
“I know a professional when I see one, and Jimmie is “it”. From the very first meeting to give me a free assessment when he came to visit my boat located an hour from his shop, to the several follow-ups after installing the new rigging on my Seafarer 34, Jimmie has been helpful, professional, resourceful, and low pressure. The Rigging Company can do small jobs like mine, yet make you feel that you are a unique client.”