RSB Rigging Solutions re-stepped the 65m aluminium mast onboard the Perini Navi 56m ketch Asahi in Palma de Mallorca last week. At 22 tonnes, it was the heaviest mast ever to be re-stepped in Palma.
Asahi sailed back from Hawaii in February specifically to get this project completed by RSB. The boat arrived in Palma in April and the RSB team has been working all summer on her rigging service program.
During September the team have been redressing both masts and preparing them for the re-stepping procedure. Due to the weight of Asahi’s main mast, it is again necessary to bring the crane for the re-step over from Barcelona.
“This has been a huge project for both RSB Rigging Solutions and the STP yard in Palma de Mallorca as Asahi requires a 450-tonne crane to lift the rigs; at 80m, it is the biggest crane that has ever been used in the yard,” says RSB managing director Steve Branagh.
RSB Rigging Solutions provides a complete service for the maintenance, refit and repair of masts and associated hardware. The company also services or replaces both nitronic and composite standing rigging and has completed a large number of composite rigging retrofits in Palma.
As a European agent for Southern Spars, RSB deals with a vast majority of service and warranty work on both the masts and the EC6 composite rigging.
In the last three years RSB has also targeted the motoryacht market and has built mooring lines, tow lines and tender lifting systems, as well as external access systems for wash-downs for a large number of motoryachts.