How It All Started at The Rig Shop

The Rig Shop was formed in 1991 by Harry James. Brought up in Mallorca Spain, Harry regularly sailed on yachts of all sizes, making the crossing between Spain and the UK several times a year before he was 14. At the age of 17 Harry joined the Merchant Navy spending 5 years travelling the world. Between 1981 and 1986 Harry worked with Peter Morton Yacht Services as a qualified rigger before teaming up with Sparcraft. During his time at Sparcraft Harry assumed responsibility among other things, for servicing the Admiral’s Cup & Whitbread Round the World Fleets. Travelling to each stopover, Harry provided the on site technical backup required throughout these prestigious events. He then went on to become the Rigging Manager for Sparcraft UK, based in Lymington.


During his years at Sparcraft Harry spent a lot of time researching and developing new materials which could be used in rigging. The results of his efforts were two ropes, Dyneema and Vectran, which are now commonly used on yachts of all sizes.

A New Beginning

In 1991 Harry left Sparcraft and founded The Rig Shop, giving him the freedom to exercise his talent for innovation and high quality customer service. This was shown when The Rig Shop was selected to re rig superyachts like Swan 86 Hamilton, J Class Velsheda and Wally Yacht Wally B.

Present Day

The Rig Shop’s success has been driven by its commitment to delivering continuous improvement in the quality of the products and services it provides. Twenty seven years later, Harry’s passion and “can do” attitude is reflected in an impressive team of professionals who share his enthusiasm and values.

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Our mailing address is:
The Rig Shop

Unit 7, Saxon Wharf
Lower York Street, Northam

Southampton, Hants SO14 5QF

United Kingdom
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