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02-05-2013 12:38 PM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

"how can I be sure about quality?"
Same as anything else. Either you choose a vendor based on their reputation and rely on that, or you actually have the parts tested by a lab and return them if they don't conform to the written spec you required before placing the order.
If the vendor is buying wire direct from a maker, it probably is what they think it is. If they buy from a middleman, it can still be counterfeit even if the spools are marked with a brand name.
They had a problem with substandard wire even when the Brooklyn Bridge was being built.
02-05-2013 10:59 AM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

I was planning to order 5/16" 316 wire from them to replace my old rigging.
Their price is much lower then West Marine's or other large marine stores but
how can I be sure about quality? The market is flooded now with cheap and inferior 316 wires made in China and I don't want to lose my mast in the middle of nowhere.
02-04-2013 10:03 PM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

I have heard tons of good things about Rigging Only, but the wires (full standing rig) that I purchased from them have rusted very quickly. In addition, the turnbuckles which I received with the lifelines I bought from them are inferior (not SS 316???). I don't know if I got a bad batch of cable or what, but I am less pleased than almost everyone else I have spoken with. RO was not particularly helpful when I raised these concerns.
02-04-2013 09:41 PM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

Originally Posted by DrB View Post
Looking for recs. on a Rigging Company in the Northeast (MA) area. I got quotes from two Riggers for a complete rig. Company 1 -(Rigging Only in Fairhaven, MA) ROM quotes ~ $2200 for the complete rig. New stays/shrouds, fastening hardware, turnbuckles, and they put it together,but I have to remove old rig and install new rig. Company 2 (NE Rigging in Boston/Concord, MA) quoted about the same, but the price does not include the head stay. I would need to add ~$350 for that.

Anyone have experience with both of these companies? I don't think either is significantly better than the other from my discussions with each, but the extra $350 is significant, unless NE Rigging is that much better.


Will Company 2 be removing the old and installing the new rigging? If so I might pay the extra $350.

When I replaced all the standing rigging on my last boat the rigger took off the old stuff over the winter, copied it in his shop and was present to install the new stuff when we stepped the mast.

02-04-2013 09:04 PM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

I had to replace several iifelines and have very positive experience with their work.
I am planning to use them again in replacement of my old standing rigging.
12-20-2012 10:18 PM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

Plus one for Rigging Only. They made up all new standing rigging for my 41 foot sloop. Conventional rigging - nothing fancy - but the work was good and the turn-around time was excellent. I would use them again!
12-19-2012 08:57 AM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

Rigging Only is down the street from me (I bike/walk there!) and and have gone there for a few nick nacks (rope, hardware, vinyl decals) and and pretty happy with their service...Their prices are also pretty fair...

I've read a few good reviews from them as well in regards to people whom have gotten their boats re-rigged there...
12-19-2012 08:32 AM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

I would go with Rigging Only, I have yet to deal with a better company in the boating world....Their customer service is second to none, support after purchase is also second to none. To be fair I haven't used the other companies listed but I don't think you can go wrong with Rigging Only.
12-19-2012 07:34 AM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

I've heard good things about both companies.

The only knock on NE Rigging I was warned about and experienced myself two Summers ago, is they're good, if you can get them. Probably a casualty of their own success, but they seemed too busy and may over commit on jobs/timelines. We lost 4 weeks waiting for them to come out to the boat after repeated promises and no shows. I was told about similar experiences at our Marina during the process. We ended up using someone else as it was a small job, and I'd still give them another shot based on their universal reputation for quality workmanship. No hard feelings as they did apologize, but something to be aware of.

Since you're only buying the rigging from them and don't need their services, it may not be an issue.

Your prices are in line with estimates we received as well.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
12-19-2012 02:03 AM
Re: Rigging Company in Northeast

Just want to give a little advice. Before you contract them, make sure they know the laws involved with working in Northeast (MA). And work rules may be different, so make sure you inquire about that as well. Good luck!
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