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The inboard end of an anchor cable secured to the bitt, or below decks, to some strong structural member.



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BITTER

The inboard end of an anchor cable secured to the bitt, or below decks, to some strong structural member.

SHORT STAY

Anchor cable descending almost vertically as the chain's scope is slightly greater than the water depth.

SCOW

  1. A method of preparing an anchor for tripping by attaching an anchor cable to the crown and fixing to the ring by a light seizing (also known as becue). The seizing can be broken if the anchor becomes fouled.
  2. A type of clinker dinghy, characteristically beamy and slow.
  3. An inland racing boat with no keel, a large sail plan, and a planing hull.

HAWSE

A pipe or casting in a vessel's hull through which the anchor cable runs.

UP AND DOWN

An anchoring term used to indicate that the anchor cable is leading vertically from the hawse pipe.

BITTER END

The inboard end of a ship's anchor chain that is secured in the chain locker

JEWS HARP

The ring bolted to the upper end of an anchor shank to attach the securing shackle.

GOT HER CABLE

A vessel is got her cable when her way has stopped and she is riding to her anchor, with her anchor holding.

BACK STAY

  1. A supporting cable that prevents a more or less vertical object from falling forward.
  2. A spring used to keep together the cutting edges of purchase shears.
  3. A rod that runs from either end of a carriage's rear axle to the reach.
  4. A leather strip that covers and strengthens a shoe's back seam.

RODE

The anchor line, rope or cable connecting the anchor chain to the vessel. Also anchor rode.

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