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a line used to temporarily control a sail while its primary sheet is being re-rove to a new location or the sail is being peeled. A line to temporarily hold the tack of a new spinnaker that is being hoisted either inside or outside one already flying, or to hold the tack of the spinnaker already flying, during a spinnaker peel—in this case, the line is more correctly called a changing strop. One version consists of a medium length of nylon webbing with trigger-release snap shackles at either end. One shackle is connected to a bow cleat or stemhead, while the other end is clove-hitched to the headstay at shoulder height, with the snap shackle hanging two feet down. This version allows you to free the old spinnaker from the pole, so the pole can be used for the new chute. Another version consists of a 12-inch line with a trigger-release snap shackle at one end and a clip at the other. (See also: handcuffs.) This version allows you to keep the old spinnaker attached to the pole but to free the guy, so it can be connected to the new spinnaker. With either version, the snap shackles are under considerable load, so trigger release versions are used. You can spike off the old chute with a fid when the new one is hoisted and drawing. Also referred to generally as a strop. Sometimes called a stripper line or tag line. Compare to: hobble.

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