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Most boats are fitted with rigging equipment when they are manufactured, but sometimes the cables are changed if they begin to wear out. Read More…

Rigging Equipment Rigging equipment is used on sailboats to secure masts and move sails as needed. Cables of various sizes are used on the rigging to stiffen the mast in the wind, hoist the sails, tie boats up next to a dock, and even hold cargo in place during transport.
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Apple Valley, MN  |  888-638-3604

Tyler Madison manufactures precision-quality wire ropes for a broad range of industries. They provide companies with a full line of products that are used for powering, lifting, hanging, pulling, braking, suspending & winding of 270lbs - 14,400 lbs tension.

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Phillipsburg, NJ  |  800-528-3900

JSC, as one of the most diversified wire rope manufacturers, utilizes over 200 production machines to produce top rated wire products in ferrous and nonferrous materials. Industries that JSC serves include electronics, geophysical and communications.

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Jersey Strand & Cable, Inc. $$$

Norridge, IL  |  800-626-6556

Lexco is an ISO:9001 manufacturer of wire rope, cable, and bungee cord assemblies; and push-pull controls. Our in-house capabilities range from swaging and extrusions to die-casting, proof-loading, and CNC machining. Lexco Cable is proud to serve a diverse set of markets including military, aerospace, OEM, MRO, marine, architectural, and more. Contact us today.

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Lexco Cable Mfg. $$$

Dover, NJ  |  973-361-2226

For over 30 years, companies across various markets have relied on Motion Control Technologies to provide high-quality mechanical cable solutions. Our line of products includes commercial cable lanyards, galvanized wire rope cable lanyards, swaged fittings, and more. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with our customers, regardless of your industry. Contact us today and tell us how we can help you!

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Motion Control Technologies, Inc. $$$

Michigan City, IN  |  219-872-2253

Here at Sandin Manufacturing, we have over 50 years of experience and we work hard to provide you with outstanding wire rope. Our specialized wire rope products include aircraft type cable, wire rope, and strand of galvanized and stainless steel options. We also have vinyl, nylon and thermo-plastic coatings. We have a variety of fittings and hardware for you to use in order to meet your product specifications. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Sandin Manufacturing $$$

Fairfield, NJ  |  800-237-4369

As leading innovative wire rope manufacturers, Bergen Cable Technology has been providing engineering assistance for well over half a century, helping customers develop cost effective, durable solutions.

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Bergen Cable Technology, Inc. $$$

Burnsville, MN  |  800-932-0177

Aero Assemblies, Incorporated strives to make every effort, as dedicated wire rope manufacturers, to maximize product value throughout the manufacturing process.

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Aero Assemblies, Inc. $$$

Worcester, MA  |  508-853-8010

As family-owned wire rope manufacturers, St. Pierre Manufacturing provides a variety of products and services for a wide range of satisfied customers around the world.

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The cables that are used for rigging usually have looped ends so that they can be bolted or hooked to other attachments on the ship. On sailboats, anyone climbing the mast should strap onto one of these cables on the way up in case a strong wind blows them over while they are climbing.

To create cables for rigging equipment, cable and wire rope manufacturers begin with long strips of high tensile metal and weave them together tightly into strands. Once these strands are created, these are also tightly spun together to form a helix type pattern. This type of cable structure enhances the reliability, durability, and strength of the cable.

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Additionally, the number of strands and the cable material can be changed to achieve varying degrees of strength. Due to its high strength, steel is one of the most popular and most commonly used materials for rigging equipment.

Once the rigging cable has been created, it is usually stored on a spool for shipping or rolled up on a pulley for use on a marine vessel.

Cable on a ship that is used as part of the rigging is referred to as "cordage," and there are several different types of cordage. Cordage in a fixed position is referred to as standing rigging, which is usually installed between the mast and the deck to add tension and to hold the mast firmly in place. Running rigging is the cordage that is used to control the movement of the sails. In order to move smoothly over pulleys, this type of rigging has to be flexible but also has to endure the strain from high winds, holding the sails in place.

Historically, heavy ropes were used for rigging on large marine vessels due to technological limitations. With the industrialization of the world and technological advancement, metal cable rigging quickly took the place of fiber ropes, since fiber ropes are far more susceptible to wearing and breaking. Exposure to the sun and friction has a much more devastating effect on fiber ropes than cable rigging, which means they have to be replaced more often or risk them causing a potentially dangerous situation.

Rigging equipment made using steel cable is stronger and more durable than traditional rope, making it well suited to both large and small vessels.

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