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A horizontal crosspieces at a masthead used to support ship's mast



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SHROUDS

Support mast stays on each side of a vessel.

JUMPER STRUTS

Timber, metal or plastic rigging spreaders that are angled forward to increase mast support transversely and longitudinally. The stays they support are called jumper stays.

CAP SHROUD

Supporting wires from either side of a mast leading over spreaders to support its upper sections.

RUNNER

One of a set of variable tension stays that support the mast when forward pressure is exerted on the sails in running before the wind.

PENDANT

  1. A length of wire or rope secured at one end to a mast or spar and having a block or other fitting at the lower end.
  2. A length of wire or rope hooked to a tackle on leeboards.
  3. A long, thin triangular flag flown from the masthead of a military ship (as opposed to a burgee, the flags thus flown on yachts).

AIMING SCREWS

Spring-loaded screws designed to secure headlights to a support frame and permit aiming of the headlights in horizontal and vertical planes.

STANLIFF

A heavy wire cable attached to the mast at the hounds to support the weight of a spritsail at the heel.

RUNNING BACKSTAY

One of a set of variable tension stays that support the mast when forward pressure is exerted on the sails in running before the wind.

LIFT

1) A change in wind direction enabling a yacht to point in a direction that was previously too close hauled. 2) A rope or tackle from a boom to the mast to support and move it for cargo working.

TYE

A chain or rope used for hoisting or lowering a yard. A tye runs from the horizontal center of a given yard to a corresponding mast and from there down to a tackle. Sometimes specifically called a chain tye or a rope tye.

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