Irony? Well, since it's snowing here in Durango, and I'm still 1690 miles from my boat in Isla Mujeres, I'll play a round of nautical trivial pursuit with you.
From the New Oxford American Dictionary:
irony 1 |ˈīrənē; ˈiərnē|
noun ( pl. -nies)
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect : “Don't go overboard
with the gratitude,” he rejoined with heavy irony. See note at wit .
1 a ship's mast spar, boom, yard, gaff, foremast, mainmast, topmast, mizzen-mast, mizzen, royal mast.
2 the mast on top of the building flagpole, flagstaff, pole, post, rod, upright; aerial, transmitter, pylon.
And from Nautical Dictionary, Glossary and Terms directory.
Mast: "A vertical spar on a sailing vessel employed as the support for the sails
And from the venerable Annapolis
Book of Seamanship:
Mast: "A wooden or aluminum pole supported by standing rigging
from which sails
I purchased a Sch 40 1 1/2" SS "tube" to use in place of what Southwest Windpower, the manufacturer of the Air-X call a "pole" to support my wind turbine (some call it a wind generator
, but it doesn't actually generate wind - wouldn't that be handy?). http://www.windenergy.com/documents/...Air_X_Spec.pdf
Now what shall I call this vertical appendage supporting my wind turbine? I'd not want some neophyte sailor trying to raise a sail up it, nor wish to be viewed as a ignorant lubber, but despite having Google
at my fingertips I am at a loss for appropriate nautical terminology. Ironic, isn't it?
Originally Posted by Bash
There's a touch of irony here: regardless of whether the OEM mount is used or something like a used windsurfing mast, what some folks on this thread are calling a "pole" is more properly called a "mast." Much more nautical to speak of a "radar mast" or a "wind generator
This is true for power boats as well.