Sailboat Rigger

Position Title: Sailboat Rigger
Position Type: Full-time
Experience level: 3-5 years preferred. Equal skills and high motivation also accepted.

Reports to: Yard Manager

Job Description and Summary:

The McMichael team is looking for an experienced and skilled Sailboat Rigger. Five plus years rigging experience is ideal, along with a willingness to learn new tasks. You will perform a variety of job functions including repair, maintenance, and replacement of sailboat rigging and sail systems, stepping and unstepping masts, completion of inspection check lists, and other designated tasks.  

You will assist other departments, perform other yard duties assigned or as the situation dictates, including yard maintenance, general labor, crew assistance, and more. The right candidate is someone who will complete projects timely and effectively, maintain cleanliness on projects both during and after job completion, perform heavy lifting, climbing, and carrying during job process, and maintain awareness of and consistently practice safe work habits.  

The successful candidate must be willing to learn new tasks and work well with other experienced yard team members to provide a well-executed, quality service to our boating customers. We look for polite, professional individuals with a great attitude and a strong work ethic, looking to grow and be part of a great team. 

McMichael is a family-owned, full-service yard in its 8th decade of providing the highest quality marine and specialty technical services to boaters. Our crew is a highly trained and committed group that offers the right mentorship/apprenticeship of individuals in a boatyard career. 


  • Aid in unstepping and stepping masts 
  • De-rig and rig masts 
  • Install and test mast electrical components 
  • Carry out various repair and maintenance tasks as dictated by the needs of the vessel 
  • Answer our clients’ questions about maintaining their boats 
  • Repair faulty and malfunctioning rigging components 
  • Fill out accurate service records and repair documents 
  • Ensure a high level of customer satisfaction and repeat business 
  • Qualifications 
  • High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Formal marine mechanic training is preferred 
  • Previous experience in a similar role is preferred 
  • Deep knowledge of the components that allow boats to function 
  • Excellent mechanical skills and the ability to use a wide variety of tools and techniques 
  • A sailor or boater with cruising or racing experience 
  • Guide boaters through the research, selection, specification, closing, delivery, and commissioning process 
  • Continuous development of Yacht Sales Consultants skills 
  • Work with the Sales Team to constantly increase brand and model knowledge 
  • Influence your client boaters to choose McMichael Yards for their boat servicing and storage needs 

Salary and benefits: $25 - 40/hour, Medical, 401K