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Old 14-01-2016, 23:05   #106
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Re: Share some Sailing Terms....

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It can also be called a martingale (Eric Hiscock: Cruising under Sail).


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The martingale is also the stay holding the jibboom down against the pull of the topgallant and outer headstays.

Sounds like the same function as the equine martingale.
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Old 14-01-2016, 23:36   #107
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As I recall from my USCG days, vangs and guys are used to locate the cargo booms on buoy tenders and freighters.

We also had a bosn who used the terms handsomely and smartly. I think he joined in the twenties or thirtys.
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Re: Share some Sailing Terms....

drift -
The velocity of a water current; to float with the tide or current.
The distance between two blocks of a tackle or the two parts of one thing.
{There's that thingy thing again.}
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drift -
The velocity of a water current; to float with the tide or current.
The distance between two blocks of a tackle or the two parts of one thing.
{There's that thingy thing again.}
The eventual cause of death for many a CF thread.

For those interested in more prosaic descriptions:
Nautical Terms
Doesn't show "disgracing line"
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Re: Share some Sailing Terms....

OK another

When you "make fast" a line you actually stop it from moving. It is not fast at all; it is beyond slow.
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OK another

When you "make fast" a line you actually stop it from moving. It is not fast at all; it is beyond slow.
Actually it is fast. In the original sense of the word.

The meaning of "moving quickly" is a more recent usage of the word.

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Old English fæst 'firmly fixed, steadfast' and fæste 'firmly', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vast and German fest 'firm, solid' and fast 'almost'. In Middle English the adverb developed the senses 'strongly, vigorously' (compare with run hard), and 'close, immediate' (just surviving in the archaic fast by; compare with hard by), hence 'closely, immediately' and 'quickly'; the idea of rapid movement was then reflected in adjectival use.
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Re: Share some Sailing Terms....

I couldn't find disgracing line either...
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I couldn't find disgracing line either...
Thanks for lookin'. It'll show up sometime.
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