Sailor Speak of the Week – Rig



  • The generic term for the spar and sail arrangement on a boat or ship.


  • To equip a vessel with sails, spars, and related gear.
  • To set any gear/equipment in a state of readiness for a specific purpose.


15th century. From Old Norse rigge, meaning to arrange or prepare.


You’ll often hear boats referred to by what type of rigging they have. For example, many modern sailboats use a Bermuda Rig AKA Marconi Rig. As a verb, you’ll often hear commands along the lines of “rig the ____!”


Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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