Northwest Rigging at the Seattle Boatshow!

Northwest Rigging will be at the Seattle Boatshow Jan 25th-February 3rd. This is the largest boatshow on the West Coast and is a ton of fun. We are located at booth West 22 in the West Hall of Century Link Field Events Center with all the rest of the luminaries in the PNW sailing community. If you are one of our loyal customers please call the shop and we can leave tickets at the “will call” window for you and a guest. This year we are featuring Bamar electric headsail furling and spinnaker furling, we also have samples of “Strong Track” for your mainsail to cover all three of the prime movers aboard your boat. Except for the engine of course, you will need to see Howard and the crew at North Harbor Diesel for that monster!

Miami Carnival Cruise Ship Rigging Job

Northwest Rigging has been retained as a preferred provider for Cap Sante International. CSI provide service for cruise ships world wide mainly lifeboats and ADA accessibility projects.

The NWR crew was working aloft to rebuild a waterslide on the Carnival Cruise Lines ship “Valor” on this trip from Miami to Cozumel. Although they took some heat from the sun and the younger clients aboard ship, the NWR crew got the job done under time and under budget.

Cozumel was once the heart of the Mayan Empire so once ashore our quest was to see if there were any 2013 calendars for sale or if the Mayan forecast for 1250 Fahrenheit for the 21st was true. In any case innovative solutions and a “git’er done” attitude was the heart of this project and the Northwest Rigging crew did just that in fine style.

NW Rigging in Portugal

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During the first part December the Northwest Rigging crew traveled to Setubal, Portugal to work on the Windstar Cruise Lines vessel “Wind Spirit”. This ship was built in 1986 and has 4 very innovative masts fitted with roller furling. The masts and spreaders are aluminum and they are welded to mild steel at the joints and spreader tips using an explosion joint. The metals are fused together using an explosive process. As you can see from the pictures the rigging is huge by yacht standards. The clevis pins at the spreaders are 3″ thick by 9″ long. The cotter pins are 3/8″ by 4″!

Andy Schwenk the owner of Northwest Rigging ran a crew of ten men for two weeks as we labored aloft and alow while the ship was dry docked to upgrade a series of issues presented by these rigs. The vertical shrouds are discontinuous and each 50′ by 2 1/4″ diameter piece weighs over 1200 lbs.

Our task was to replace 3 of these pieces while the rig was still vertical. In addition a large amount of corrosion control, installing new fittings, sanding, painting, and surveying for future work was accomplished. The roller furling was serviced by hydraulic technicians. The ship was a beehive of activity with sandblasting, metal cutting, welding, needle gunning, priming, painting and the like.

Several hundred workers from all over the world were aboard each day. The entire interior was renovated from ceiling to floor. The deck boards of 1″1/4″ teak by 16′ were lifted to access the mild steel underneath. If you think you have a big boat you probably do, but it is likely not the largest we have ever worked on!