BSI Recommended Standing Rigging Maintenance and Service Guidelines
BSI has developed a Rigging Service Programme that focuses on preventive maintenance to protect the structural integrity of a yacht’s rigging and enhances performance, longevity and safety for the yacht’s guests and crew while maximising the investment with limited service downtime. Yachts participating in the Rigging Service Programme will have their maintenance records continually updated with the assurance this information is safely secured at BSI Headquarters in Denmark. (BSI Service Log)
No yacht is alike
BSI professionals, with years of rigging experience, know that all vessels are not built or treated equally.
Furthermore, our vast database of delivered and serviced rigging equipment gives us a continually improving understanding of wear & tear over a yacht’s life from the club racer to the largest blue water cruising yachts. No yacht is alike, so BSI offers flexibility in the programme to coincide with the yacht’s scheduled refit plans. Pre-service inspections are recommended as this allows both BSI and the yacht to plan in advance and minimize downtime.
Factors affecting life expectancy
The life expectancy of a set of rigging, whether rod, fibre or wire, can be affected by many factors:
Age of rigging
Designed safety factors
Adherence to maintenance schedules
Traumatic events such as groundings, knock-downs and flying jibes
Environmental conditions and Corrosion
For yachts using composite rigging, either exclusively or in combination with some stays in rod, the service recommendations remain the same for the metal hardware used as attachments of composite stays.
BSI work with professionals, individual owners, captains and management companies to establish a customised service schedule tailored to the yacht’s needs. Service recommendations are based on the rigging manufacturer’s specifications, the vessel’s history of sailing and maintenance, future sailing plans, and the yacht’s projected downtime and budget. Therefore, BSI has developed a series of categories to help identify which classification the yacht falls into. These categories will tend to experience different mileage and sailing conditions.