PostHeaderIcon Masthead Fly

a wind vane mounted atop the masthead. Apparent wind angle is shown by the relationship of the wind vane’s head or tail to stationary tabs placed aft of the vane’s pivot point and at an approximately 30-degree angle to either side of the boat’s centerline. Some masthead flys are connected to the boat’s electronic instruments. British and Commonwealth sailors call it a wind hawk. See also: chicken, paddles, and Windex.

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