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Running Rigger

Splice wires and nylon ropes to fabricate items.

What does a Running Rigger do?

Splices wire and nylon rope to fabricate items, such as halyards, outhaul assemblies, reef lines, lazy jacks, and lifelines: Selects size and type of rope specified on work order and pulls rope through length meter to measure rope. Wraps masking tape around rope to mark points where rope is to be spliced and cuts rope, using soldering iron with rope cutting attachment. Wraps nylon thread around ends of rope or burns end of rope, using soldering iron, to seize ends and prevent fraying. Pushes marlinspike through rope to separate strands and passes fid through casing of rope to interweave strands and splice ropes to join unlike ropes into one continuous length or to form eyes for attaching hardware. Coils rope and ties end of rope around center of coil to secure rope for storage or transport. Threads lifeline rope through stanchions on boat decks and splices shackle to end of rope to install lifelines.