The Invisible Force Behind Your Boat's Performance

BBDouro Boat Services is a nautical services company based in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. We offer a wide range of rigging services tailored to the specific needs of each customer.

Our rigging team is composed of qualified professionals with years of experience in the sector and the capacity to perform any type of service:

  • Mast tuning
  • Mast inspection and safety surveys
  • Assembly and maintenance of equipment (hydraulics, winches, blocks, tackle)
  • Assembly and disassembly of masts
  • Assembly of shrouds
  • Optimization of sheet and halyard systems
  • Rope work and splicing

We provide services at our facilities and in any marina in Portugal and Spain (subject to quote). At our facilities, we have the capacity to assemble and disassemble masts of boats up to 3.50m draft, using our travelift or a mobile crane.

Do not hesitate to contact us to request a quote or for more information about our services. We are at your disposal to help you get the most out of your sailing boat, using innovative solutions tailored specifically to the needs of our customers and each particular situation.

What is it?

Running rigging encompasses the ropes, blocks, and hardware used to control the sails and movable spars on a sailing vessel. They are systems that serve to:

  • Control movable spars such as the boom (boom-jack)
  • Shaping, fine-tuning or adjusting the sails (Cunningham)
  • Hoist and lower sails

Running rigging can be composed of various types of parts and components, such as: halyards, sheets, fine-tune ropes or blocks.

In what situations may you need the services of BBDouro Boat Services?

Regular maintenance of running rigging is essential for ensuring safety and optimal performance. Here are some key maintenance practices:

  • Storage and protection from excessive heat, humidity or aggressive chemicals
  • Repairs and splicing of ropes
  • Regular inspections for signs of wear, damage or deterioration
  • Weight and leveling to prevent excessive tension or friction
  • Replacement of damaged or worn components

What is it?

Standing rigging encompasses all the components of a sailboat that support the mast and keep it in its vertical position, such as: stays, shrouds and chainplates. Unlike running rigging, which is used to control the sails and movable spars, standing rigging remains fixed in place to ensure mast’s stability and rigidity.

In what situations may you need the services of BBDouro Boat Services?

  • Cleaning and lubrication of components
  • Annual mast inspection (includes tension, condition, and installation of all standing rigging components)
  • Regular inspections for signs of wear, damage or deterioration
  • Replacement of damaged or worn components

What is it?

Rope splicing is the art of manipulating and sewing ropes in order to: create secure and efficient connections, repair damaged ropes or customize lengths, thicknesses and ropes ends.

In what situations may you need the services of BBDouro Boat Services?

  • Ropes for mooring and fenders
  • Customization of control systems
  • Customization of fine-tune ropes
  • Customization of sheets or halyards

What is it?

Rig Tune or mast configuration refers to the precise adjustment of the standing rigging systems to optimize the performance and safety of a sailboat. A well-tuned rig remains stable in any wind or sea condition, while also allowing for efficient sail trim and handling.

Mast configuration is based on its rake and bend as well as in the position of the spreaders and the tension of the shrouds.

In what situations may you need the services of BBDouro Boat Services?

  • To ensure mast and boat safety
  • To improve sail adjustment and handling
  • To improve the performance of your boat
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If you’re looking for boat services in the north of Portugal, look no further than BBDouro Boat Services. We offer a wide range of services to meet all your boating needs, and our team of experts is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our clients.

We have a team of experienced and versatile nautical services professionals, both on land and at sea, who are 100% dedicated to the care of each vessel.

For more than 10 years, we’ve been managing and maintaining our own fleet of over 30 boats. Since 2024, with BBDouro Boat Services, we guarantee that the same care and attention is maintained in the repair and maintenance of our customers’ boats.

Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help you keep your boat in top condition.

We are a team with both on-and-off-the-water experience who are enthusiastic about anything boat-related. Above all, we are sailors who know how to make a boat better and how everything should function on board.

Diogo Couto

BBDouro Nautical Experiences Operations & Rigging Management



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