A technique to finally tension a halyard, by pulling alternatively on the tail from the cleat and at right angles on the taut standing line.

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To secure a rope by winding on a pin or cleat


The section of a rope at a cleat or a block that is under tension, as opposed to the loose end.


Taking up the last bit of slack on a line such as a halyard, anchor line or dockline by taking a single turn round a cleat and alternately heaving on the rope above and below the cleat while keeping the tension on the tail.


Clips at intervals on the horizontal stiffeners of hatch coamings to secure the hatch covers


To check (temporarily restrain) the movement of a line by taking a turn around the bitts, a cleat or a post.


  1. The loose end of a rope that has been secured to a winch or a cleat
  2. A short length of synthetic rope attached to the end of a mooring line to provide increased elasticity and also ease of handling. Also referred to as ‘pennant’or pendant.


A type of clip for attaching a flag to a flag halyard.


A freestanding pinrail surrounding the base of a mast and used for securing that mast's sails halyards with a series of belaying pins.


Originally, ropes used for hoisting a spar with a sail attached; today, a line used to raise the head of any sail.


1. A wire that leads from one point near the end of a gaff to a point near the other end; a block travels along the wire and a halyard is attached to the block, allowing the gaff to be raised to the vertical by a single halyard, though another halyard is required at the gaff jaws to control height. 2. Hoops or parrel beads which secure a gaff loosely to a mast in a vertical position; a halyard is bent to the gaff jaws to control height.

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