Our background

Aramid Rigging is an initiative of SmartRigging. The company was founded in 2004 by Rinze J. van der Schuit, a technical engineer and former Dutch competition sailor. The company invested € 4 million in research and development, developed a state-of-the-art Endless Winding Robot and created 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 Aramid standing rigging and Aramid aft rigging such as check stays, runners and back stays.

Aramid Rigging engineers have constructed and produced lightweight endless wound rigging with high modules Aramid fibres. These fibres are 60 to 70% lighter and twice as strong as conventional steel rigging.