Sailplans, Deck Layouts, Rig Tuning, Sail Repair & Cleaning, Sail Handling Systems, Architectural Rigging and Much More

Zern Rigging

Sailplans, Deck Layouts, Rig Tuning, Sail Repair & Cleaning, Sail Handling Systems, Architectural Rigging and Much More

History of Zern Rigging

We have well over four decades of experience in the marine industry.  Starting in 1974, Rick Zern, an avid sailor from Fort Walton Beach, FL moved to Pensacola to attend college.  That summer he went to work for Paul Schreck & Company, one of the country’s leading sailmakers and riggers at that time.  This apprenticeship serves as a strong foundation for our company today.  In subsequent years Rick gained valuable knowledge as President of a Horizon Sails franchise in Fort Walton Beach, FL, V-P of Schurr Sails,  V-P of Sales at Sabre Sails, and as a consultant with Randy Smyth at the Smyth Team.  The partnership of Zern & Bellows Rigging company in the early 80’s coincided with the growth in popularity of the sailing industry and the rampant use of modern sail handling systems.

Much of what we do today consists of commissioning of new yachts, re-rigging older boats with contemporary sail-handling systems and in the consultation and implementation in architectural and marine rigging for both commercial and recreational vessels.

Rick Zern’s commitment to the yachting community was recognized in the mid 90’s by receiving Pensacola Yacht Club’s Yachtsman of the Year award.  Highlights of those accolades follow to serve as a resume of experience and qualifications of our commitment to service.