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Old 07-11-2012, 06:19   #1
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What is a " spare man"

Ran into this term when researching how to fit an anchor to a pulpit.

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:44   #2
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Re: What is a " spare man"

here Let me google that for you
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Re: What is a " spare man"

I googled "Spare man sailing" and 'i'm feeling lucky' and it brought me here. Care to explain what it is now?
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Re: What is a " spare man"

This is from
Common fit challenges (Rocna Knowledge Base)

A new place for the anchor

Bowsprits and their associated stays are sometimes such an issue that it can be worthwhile installing a dedicated spare man, in a position that allows the anchor and rode to deploy and stow clear of all obstacles. This does not have to be too involved, and a regular bow roller mounted to the side of the bowsprit can typically work well. This solution is probably the best to consider, particularly with a new vessel design or build.

So apparently the spare man is a separate bow roller off to the side, to place your anchor so it doesn't interfere with other operations at the bow.

So maybe some thing like this:

http://www.sailblogs.com/member/sapp...0003_scale.jpg
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Re: What is a " spare man"

35 years of sailing and this is the first time I've seen spare man. If you look at the Tayana 37 picture in the Rocna link above, I'm guessing it is the roller mounted farther forward on the bowsprit. Perhaps you raise the anchor on the outboard roller to keep from banging the hull, then take the chain off of that roller to stow the anchor closer into the hull.

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Re: What is a " spare man"

Yes, I found the term on the Rocna site, then Googled it and still didn't get a good idea.

Thus I thought I would tap the combined nautical wisdom of CF.
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Re: What is a " spare man"

Probably something that Rocna made up?

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Re: What is a " spare man"

Probably not. I did find a few other references, but nothing helpful.
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Re: What is a " spare man"

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Re: What is a " spare man"

Apparently a local NZ term, because it isn't in Chapman's or any other usual US sources.

"“Going forward to lower the main, I noticed that the anchor was banging up and down on the spare man and the plow itself had come off the roller. The anchor is secured by taking up any slack in the chain so that the hook of the plow is firmly held under the roller. A lashing held the shackle end of the anchor on the spare man."
"In hindsight, David says it hadn‘t been appropriate to rely on the anchor winch to hold the anchor in the spare man roller. “It should have had a second lashing as a back-up,” he says. “But this system had worked for the 10 years we have had this boat and I had lapsed into complacency.”"

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Safe Seas Clean Seas – issue 40, June 2012 - Maritime New Zealand

Sounds like an ordinary "bow roller" in Colonialese. Perhaps Maritime NZ could tell you more.
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Re: What is a " spare man"

I believe the term "spare man" refers to a guide/bracket about anchor shank length behind the primary bow roller. It guides the chain and then the anchor shank as you retrieve the anchor, and forms a resting place for the shank up off the deck. The spare man may have a roller fitted, and usually the shank is lashed to this fitting to keep the anchor secure in a seaway.
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Re: What is a " spare man"

Used to be quite a common term when was working on cargo ships, referred to a roller mounted on a pedestal. Sometimes also referred to as a "Noddy Head"... dont know why..
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Re: What is a " spare man"

I thought it was something my spare (ex) wife had.
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Re: What is a " spare man"

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I believe the term "spare man" refers to a guide/bracket about anchor shank length behind the primary bow roller. It guides the chain and then the anchor shank as you retrieve the anchor, and forms a resting place for the shank up off the deck. The spare man may have a roller fitted, and usually the shank is lashed to this fitting to keep the anchor secure in a seaway.
OK, that makes sense.

Kinda like a longish bow roller fitting.

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