Our background

SmartRigging was founded in 2004 by Rinze J. van der Schuit, a former Dutch, European and World champion catamaran sailor. The company invested € 4 million in research and development, a state-of-the-art Endless Winding Robot and a purpose-built factory in the Netherlands.

After 16 months of engineering and real life tests, SmartRigging succeeded in adapting America’s Cup and ocean racing rigging technology into fibre stays for yachts from 12 metres and up. This new product has been specifically designed for PBO standing rigging and PBO or Aramid aft rigging such as check stays, runners and back stays.

SmartRigging engineers have constructed and produced lightweight endless wound rigging with high modules PBO or Aramid fibres. These fibres are 80 to 90% lighter, and twice as strong as conventional steel rigging.