Custom Rigging Solutions

whipping rope end

With over 30 years experience in fiber and wire rope, we are committed to producing high-quality splicing and rigging solutions. Our passion is splicing rope…any knot you need, we’ll be happy to create! Based in the Manitowoc, Wisconsin area, we can measure and install any local project, or splice to specifications provided and ship finished product nationwide.

Services

We offer many types of splices including eye splices, locking eye splices, back splices, end-to-end constant diameter splices, long splices, and tail splices. If you require a splice not listed here, please contact us.

In addition to our rigging services, we are also a dealer for Harken Yacht Equipment and authorized service center for Harken installations and repairs.

All prices quoted are for labor only. Customer can supply their own rope (no used rope, please), or contact us for material price quotes.

Class II double-braid Class II

Class II double-braid core-to-core splice: Used in industrial applications, permanent loop for fixed attachment point or around thimble.

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Double-braid

Double-braided (minimum diameter: 5/16”): Used for halyards, sheets, dock lines, slings, winch lines, mooring pennants.

$25 per splice

Three-Strand

Three-stranded rope: Used for dock lines, anchor lines.

$15 per splice

Hollow-braid Hollow-braid

Hollow-braid: Used for dinghy control lines.

$25 per splice

Tapered splice Tapered

Tapered lines: Used for sheets and control lines.

$45 per splice

Wire-to-rope Splice Wire-to-rope

Wire-to-rope tail splice (double-braided Dacron into twisted stainless steel wire): Used for halyards.

$100 per splice

Whipping Whipping

Additional security for spliced ends, prevents fraying at bitter end.

Spliced ends whipped at no extra charge; Bitter end $15 each.

Duplex Sleeve Nicopress Duplex Sleeve

Duplex Sleeve Nicopress: Used as pressed eyes used on topping lifts, stays on ice boats.

$10 per Nicopress

Swaging Swaging

Swaging: Use to permanently attach eyes, forks or threaded studs to wire rope ends.

$25 per swage

Continuous diameter loop Continuous Diameter Loop

Continuous Diameter Loop: Use for code zero furling line. Depending on type of furler, this splice may need to be done on location.

$50 per splice if done in our shop. $140 per splice on location.

Leather Work Leather Work

Leather Work: Use as chafe guard where rope rubs against metal, as hand protection on steering wheels, or for decorative applications.

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Fancy Work Fancy Work

Fancy Work: Use for decorative applications. A wide variety of decorative knots and rope braiding available to suit any project.

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Marine Rigging

Life lines
Standing Rigging

Shrouds and stays are made from 1 x 19 stainless steel wire rope.

Lifelines are made from PVC-coated stainless steel wire rope.

In the Sheyboygan/Manitowoc County area, we will alter existing or build new headstays to accommodate headsail furlers. Contact us for a price quote.

Running Rigging
Running Rigging

Halyards and sheets are made from double-braided Dacron.

Anchor rode and ground tackle are made from three-stranded nylon rope.

Wire-to-rope halyards are made from double-braided Dacron spliced to 7 x 19 stainless steel wire.

dock lines
Dock Lines

Traveling dock lines are measured and custom-made to travel with the boat.

Stationary dock lines include, bow line, stern lines, fore-and-aft spring lines, mooring pennants, and chain shackled to the dock where applicable. Bow catchers are optional. All stationary dock lines are custom-made to fit your boat based on cleat size, size of slip, location of boat in the slip, and location of dockside cleats or ring bolts.

For customers in the Sheboygan/Manitowoc County area, we will properly place your boat in your slip, take all required measurements, produce and install dock lines for an additional charge. Please request a price quote. For customers in other areas, please contact us and we will explain which measurements are required. Customers are responsible for providing accurate measurements.

Harken furling installation
Harken Service Center

In addition to our rigging services, we are also an authorized service center for Harken installations and repairs.

Industrial Rigging

winch lines

winch lines

Winch lines are long, large-diameter, double-braided Dacron rope with eyes spliced on each end. They are stored on large winch drums (often truck-mounted), and used to tension things such as high-voltage power lines or telephone pole applications because the rope is electrically non-conductive.

Auger sling lines are short, large-diameter, double-braided Dacron rope with eyes spliced on each end. They are used to pull augers out of holes being drilled.

Bunny Hill Ski Tow Ropes are a single, long splice of solid-braided rope. This application must be done on location. Prices include travel expenses.

If you have questions about other possible industrial applications, please contact us. For all industrial applications, please request a price quote. Discounts may be available for volume orders.

Architectural Rigging

wire deck railing

Wire railings and rungs for porches, decks, and stairways are made from 7 x 19 stainless steel wire rope. They can be made as not-adjustable, or for adjustable tension with a turnbuckle at one end.

For customers in the Sheboygan/Manitowoc County area, we will be happy to work with your carpenter, builder, or fabricator to take measurements and install the finished work. For customers in other areas, customers are responsible for supplying accurate specifications and measurements. We do not provide installation outside of Southeastern Wisconsin.

For all architectural applications, please request a price quote. Discounts may be available for volume orders.

About Us

Jim Bourne, rigger

History

Bourne’s Ropeworks was started in 1984 by Jim Bourne while he was working on restoring antique wooden boats. He discovered that much of the traditional art of fancy rope work like rope fenders, leathering ship's wheels, and leather chafe-protected dock lines had been lost. From researching obscure knots with guidance from rigger Brion Toss, to expanding the business into modern rigging and splicing with high-tech lines, over the years Bourne’s Ropeworks has become a trusted name in rigging.

Bourne’s Ropeworks over 30 years of experience in the splicing and rigging business. We are committed to producing high-quality splicing and rigging. Our passion is splicing rope…any knot you need, we’ll be happy to create!

We fabricate standing rigging using the highest quality stainless steel fittings, and swage shrouds, stays, lifelines and architectural rigging products.

In addition to rigging, Jim Bourne also has eleven years experience as a Harken Yacht Equipment service technician. Bourne's Ropeworks is a Harken authorized service center for Harken installations and repairs.

With Bourne’s Ropeworks you can count on a high-quality, reliable product, and consistent customer service and technical support.

We are proud to serve diverse clients including Paralympics sailing silver medallist John Ruf, Harken Yacht Equipment, Wisconsin Lifting Specialists, Inc., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Water Institute, and Nautor-Swan.