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AYC is proud to host US sailing certified judge and accomplished Northwest sailor Eric Rimkus. Eric has had a series of yachts from 24′-42′ named Gladiator. His success on the race course throughout the PNW is enviable. Eric is engaging and entertaining as well as being a stickler for the rules. If you ever wanted to be able to better understand what is happening on the race course and what your responsibilities are this is your chance. Eric will present a series of Friday night seminars starting at about 7pm on Jan 27th, Feb. 3rd, 17th and 24th. Jan 27th and Feb 24th we will wait until the 5 buck nighters have their meal and are seated.
From Eric:
  • 1st night = start & weather leg (time permitting since start is the bulk and weather leg is very straight forward)
  • 2nd night = approaching the weather mark, rounding, exiting
  • 3rd night = downwind leg (mostly rule 17 stuff since it is by far the MOST misunderstood) and leeward mark
  • 4th night = leeward mark and finish and random questions.
Eric’s presentations will last about an hour and then he will field questions from the audience. He will use our AV system to present everything you need to know about the new US sailing rules for 2017-2020 Thanks to one of terrific and generous AYC members admission is free. Of course we will put a seminar jar on the bar so Eric and his lovely wife Kim can maybe have a “night out” on us:)
In other news:
Seattle Boat Show jan 27th-Feb 4th Quest Events Center, save a dime take the train to King Street station it’s just across the parking lot and shuttle to lake Union
Rumor has it there maybe a new BANGARANG in town
Errant Belle crew still expanding
Mikey crew headed South again to do battle in Florida
No Tomorrows looking racy for 2017

2015 Seattle Boatshow

Northwest Rigging will be at the 2015 Seattle Boatshow Jan 23th-January 31st. This is the largest boatshow on the West Coast and is a ton of fun.

We are located at booth West 22—same spot as last year—in the West Hall of Century Link Field Events Center with all the rest of the luminaries in the Pacific Northwest sailing community. Read more

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!

5 free services provided in every Rig Inspection

Northwest Rigging provides great value added services to all of our  Rig Inspections:

1.  Digital photo of your masthead and your boat from the masthead.

2.  Clean off mildew from the underside of your spreaders and radar dome.

3.  Check lighting

4.  Lubricate masthead sheaves.

5.  Measure and record rig tension.

All done at no additional cost to our customers!

Call Northwest Rigging to do your rig inspections.

Excellent customer service is our priority

This comes directly from our customer:

Hi Andy,

Thank you for turning around the new linelines for us so quickly.  It is refreshing that I don’t need to follow up that you received our package, call you numerous times to check on the status or request the invoice.  Not to mention the quality work you always do. This is why I keep recommending you to customers when it is best for them to go direct and calling you myself whenever needed.

Have a great weekend, I’m so glad you do what you do!

Vice President Jensen Shipyard

NW Rigging to Lake Washington

On Friday, April 20th, the Northwest Rigging crew traveled to the shores of Lake Washington to fix furler issues aboard a 90’s vintage Hunter 43.  It was a Pro-Furl brand furler and the owner reported he had been using the winch to deploy and furl the genoa for many years.  That did not sound right.  It was discovered, due to many installation errors, the forestay was spinning in and out of the turnbuckle each time!  Fortunately, the owner didn’t sail much but was looking forward to retirement in a few weeks and planned to use the boat more often.

The NW Rigging crew was able to string through a new forestay without taking the whole system apart and add some set screws to fix a few other rig tune issues.  Additionally, we lubed the masthead sheaves, cleaned up the radar dome and the boat was better than ever in one afternoon.

Are you struggling with your furler? You shouldn’t be!  Give Northwest Rigging a call.

Good Job for Northwest Rigging

Great day Sailing! A pretty light northerly, just enough to keep us moving along at an average of about 3 knots.  We did a day sail over to Port Madison, tacked over to Edmonds, then back down to Shilshole.  It was a gorgeous day to be out on the water, especially with the regatta going on; it was fun to watch all of the racing boats in action.

I was thrilled with the equipments changes (designed and installed by Northwest Rigging).  The roller furler worked perfectly – boy did I appreciate it when it was time to douse the sails. I’m not used to needing a mere 15 seconds or so to stow the headsail 🙂

Loved the strong track and the lazy jacks on the main.  Everything was pretty effortless.  The new main sheet system also worked great.

S0..  I’m very happy with the new sails and the rigging work.

Thanks Northwest Rigging.


Ready for Transport

On Friday, march 29th, Northwest Rigging’s crew unstepped the mast on a beautiful 1978 C&C 48.  This boat has been restored to beautiful condition twice, but the rod rigging was original.  The owner has no plans to race her and chose to switch to wire rigging for a significant savings, rather than replace the rods.

It is likely that the tangs and spreaders had never been removed, even during the last two paint jobs.

Northwest Rigging will clean up corrosion issues, package up your spar for transport and build new Type 316  1X19 wire rigging.

This boat is headed to the East Coast for a two year East Coast and Carribean tour.