Ancasta Group has announced the acquisition of Cowes-based Spencer Rigging to expand its portfolio of yacht services.

Spencer Rigging joins Advanced Rigging and Hydraulics within the group to deliver marine, architectural and commercial rigging services. 

Established in 1958, Spencer Rigging is known for being a pioneer in the manufacture and design of yacht rigging. It’s also developed modern techniques for bespoke architectural projects, launch and recovery systems, and lifting equipment. 

LEEA accredited and ISO 9001 registered, Spencer Rigging will continue to operate from the company’s rigging loft based at Empire Building, St Mary’s Road, Cowes, with the team headed by managing director, Neil Brinsdon. 

Advanced Rigging and Hydraulics will continue to operate from its base in Port Hamble, with the teams on both sides of the Solent set to expand. 

Spencer Rigging also produces lifting and architectural equipment to clients across commercial, MOD and construction industries, and carries out non-destructive and destructive testing. 

The rigging loft offers manufacturing and lifting facilities, producing rigging for all sectors, including wire swaging 1.5mm to 32mm wire, talurit swaging 1mm to 58mm, rod rigging -4 to -540. Its in-house production of lifting equipment includes webbing (CE Marked), chain and wire slings. 

Nick Griffith, Ancasta Group managing director, comments: “Spencer Rigging is a hugely respected name with a reputation built on trust and quality products produced by its skilled workforce, continuing the company ethos established by Harry Spencer over 65 years ago. 

“We’re delighted to be extending this reputation to further enhance Ancasta Group‘s turnkey boat repair, maintenance and aftersales services that support clients through the lifecycle of their boat ownership, and continue to deliver trusted equipment and services to a wide range of industries.”

Last month (February 2023), the Ancasta Group announced it had partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust to help more young people benefit from the trust’s support.

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