Text supplied by Sir Richard Matthews, founder of Oyster Yachts.
Antigua Rigging has built a well earned reputation as the Caribbean’s “go to” facility. Over the last 20 years principal Stan Pearson and his team have earned respect and customer loyalty for their wide range of skills and professional service.
When not at the helm of Antigua Rigging Stan, aka “Stan the Man”, is a world class racing yachtsman, and can be found at the wheel of some of the most beautiful high profile superyachts. It’s this experience that puts Antigua Rigging in a class apart from other service providers. While the business started by providing service for yachts that ‘happened’ to be in Antigua, many yachts now visit Antigua specifically to entrust their requirements to Antigua Rigging.
Antigua Rigging offer a wide range of repair, refit and maintenance services but as the name implies spars and rigging is the core activity of the business. Stan and team of 6 riggers respond quickly and professionally to every enquiry, large or small. The key to Antigua Rigging’s reputation is experience and given that every yacht they attend will have crossed at least one ocean these guys know what to look for, how to do the job and do it right.
Their association with FKG in St Maarten allows bulk buying and competitive pricing across the widest range of fittings, rope, wire and rod of every type. Maintaining up-to-date contact with key suppliers in the industry Antigua Rigging routinely combine time served rigging skills with the latest technology driven standing and running rigging materials, usually drawn from stock. Suppliers include Navtec, OYS, Future Fibres, Reckmann, Harken, Furlex, Hood, Profurl, Rondal, Gleistein, Lewmar, Harken, Antal, Forespar, Rondal, Selden, Ronstan, Selden, Spinlock, Sparcraft and Tylaska.
Antigua Rigging routinely work on rigs from Hall, Southern, Selden, Formula, Sparcraft, Z-Spars and others in both alloy and composite. Their facilities include cold heading for rod up to -60, Nicropress capability to half an inch (13mm) diameter, wire swaging to five eighths of an inch (16mm) diameter. Services include rig tuning, surveys, condition reports and advice on the specification of standing and running rigging for vessels of any size for their Captains, owners and insurers.
For superyachts, classic yachts, family cruiser or leading edge grand prix race boats Antigua Rigging is the right choice for all rigging requirements in the Caribbean area.