Getting a new boat or fixing up an old one is fun, but boat rigging can be an intimating task. It is actually very simple when you break down the project and have the right tools. Doing the projects yourself is advantageous because you can save a lot of money. Many dealers or rigging shops hourly rate can exceed $100 per hour.
On top of saving some money, you will also know how your boat is laid out and where everything is located if an issue arises.
Unlike cars, boats arrive at dealers fairly “un-rigged” and have parts and pieces from many different manufactures. This can require innovative modifications.
Also, by doing it yourself you can be confident you have the best components available. Using non stainless steel parts or connections without heat shrink is a big no-no, but doing it right is cheap insurance from having to replace something later.
Find a reputable online dealer for the required parts. Most stores don’t stock the stainless hardware or heat shrink connectors, or the specific type of wire needed for marine rigging. Those that do typically charge an “arm and a leg” and rarely have adequate supply. I save about 40 to 60 percent by buying what I need online. This will also allow you to keep a few extras on hand in the event you need replacements.
We will also talk about some tools that are really must-haves for not only boating, but items that will come in handy around the house.
Don’t get overwhelmed, most boat rigging projects can be done in a few hours and don’t require as much skill as you might think.
Capt. Ross Robertson