Whatever your cordage needs are: halyards, sailboat sheets, control lines, steering cables, dock lines, replacement halyards you name it, we can supply. Whether your boat is a grand prix racer, club racer, one design, blue water cruiser or just a plain old fun sailboat, we have the expertise to give you what you need. From PBO to polyester, we have handled it and can splice it.
The development of materials used on boats during the last fifteen years has been very exciting. Some of the biggest of these developments have been made in the fibers used in ropes (lines) and sails. Halyard, sheets and lines made of polyester are still the favored choice for most cruising boats, and we rarely see wire/ rope halyards on any boat any more. Line constructed from Spectra, Technora, Vectran, Dyneema SK75, SK78, SK90 and PBO keep pushing the envelope, producing stronger running rigging (halyards and sailboat lines) that has less stretch . This has enabled us to provide you with halyards that are smaller in diameter with less stretch. This results in a healthy weight saving aloft, which improves the boat's initial stability. The reduction in stretch is essential in controlling sail shapes in today's sails. We can help ensure you get the correct line for job!
If you would like a free estimate on supplying you for halyards, sheets or control lines please complete the form on the quote request form page. . Although we have a huge data base of boats we have found it best to gather the necessary information in this way, to ensure accuracy and customer satisfaction! For tips on inspecting your running rigging please see tips page. For testimonials please see our who we are page.
A large percentage of our on-line business is supplying replacement halyards, sheets and and lines. Most often ordered one or two lines at a time, but sometimes as a complete replacement package as seen in the below photo of lines for a customer re-rigging his older Sabre 34.
Lines being manufactured from fiber of various types are subject to UV and weather derogation. They become dry rotten and mildewed and should be regularly inspected and replaced if necessary to avoid failure. Breaking a halyard, sheet or line is seldom catastrophic, but it can ruin your day. Typically lines fail when it starts to blow when last thing you want to be doing wrestling with a sail out of the water. For the racing fraternity breaking a halyard usually means a DFL for the race.
Racing news from Southern Ropes in the UK
At present approximately 80% of our lines stock are Southern Ropes. To date a large percentage of our business has been the cruising market whom we hope to do business with for a very long time. However, Southern Ropes does have a comprehensive line of ropes for racing sailboats and yachts. In the UK boats using their line boasted excellent results during 2012 regattas.
- Winner Britannia Cup 2012
- Winner Commodore’s Cup 2012
- Winner Cork Week 2012
- Winner Cowes Week 2011
- Winner Dartmouth Week 2012
- Winner Little Britain Challenge Cup 2012
- Winner RORC Boat of the Year 2010
Southern Ropes produces lines in all the exotic fibers from Vectran to PBO and last count they had 9 different high tech covers. In the US we are steadily increasing our racing inventory and what we do not have on the shelf we can get in a few days.
We have spent some time this winter working on our 'on-line store' trying to make making it easier for customers to purchase a new or replacement halyards, sheets or lines. Due to the nature of the sailboat industry with so many different boats and not many boats of each model, supplying running rigging to the aftermarket tends make each line a custom order. There are so many variables, line length, diameter, type of cordage, color, does it need a halyard shackle, if so what type (headboard shackle, snap shackle etc), does need to spliced etc, etc. This has proved to be a challenge for a rigger with limited internet skill to get right, but I think us almost there. We would much appreciate you feed back on how you found the online store.
We now have a good selection lines for dinghy's in stock. An excellent selection of control lines, sheets and singles braids in Polyester, Vectran and Dyneema. See our on-line store.
Bosun Yacht Services, LLC is located in Annapolis, MD and provides a rigging services for the Mid Atlantic area to both the cruising and racing sail boat owners. For our phone number and email address please click on 'contact us' menu'. Our services include:-
- Rigging inspections and reports.
- Rigging, replacement stays and shrouds etc.
- Mast repairs and masts replacement.
- Life lines replacement.
- Supplying and the installation of deck hardware (Winches, clutch stoppers, tracks, control blocks, hydraulics, windlasses, etc).
- Running Rigging, halyards, sailboat sheets and sailboat control lines.
- Rigging tuning.
- Installation of furling headstay and boom units.