Posts Tagged ‘sails & rigging’

PostHeaderIcon Dual-groove Head Foil

a slotted headstay system that contains two luff grooves to accommodate and provide continuous support for jibs or genoas that use boltrope. Usually made from aerodynamically shaped extruded aluminum or plastic and fitted over the headstay or forestay. A headsail is secured at the luff by sliding its luff tape/boltrope through a pre-feeder and then into the head foil feeder and up a groove. A dual-groove head foil allows for hoisting a second headsail in the second groove before dousing the first, so a boat can avoid running bare headed and losing performance. Harken’s brand is called Carbo Racing Foil. Schaefer Marine’s brand name is Tuff Luff. See also: jib peel.

PostHeaderIcon Riding Sail

describes two different styles of sail that help maintain a boat’s direction into or nearly into the wind during heavy weather or while at anchor. One style is a flat-cut sail with no belly; this is rigged from the backstay and tacked off to one rail at the shrouds. The other style is shaped like a wedge; this is rigged from a boom’s aft end and tacked to each quarter. Also called an anchor sail, backing sail, or stability sail. A riding sail is often used in combination with a sea anchor while at sea in storm conditions.

PostHeaderIcon Poor Man’s Twin

flying two jibs simultaneously, one in each slot of a dual-grooved head foil (e.g., Tuff Luff) or with their hanks interleaved. One jib is sheeted to the boom’s aft end; a spinnaker or whisker pole holds out the other. Used for better performance downwind when a boat is too shorthanded to use a spinnaker. An illegal racing configuration. Also referred to as a butterfly. Compare to: double-headed.

PostHeaderIcon Bend

1) To attach and make ready for use, as in “bend on a sail.” 2) A category of knots used to join two lines together to form a longer line. E.g., sheet bend.

PostHeaderIcon Spinnaker Pole Car

a device that allows a spinnaker pole’s inboard end to be raised or lowered to match wind and sailing conditions. The car travels on a vertically oriented track attached to the mast’s forward face. Either a pin stop or purchase system is used to control the car’s height. Also referred to as a mast car or pole slide.

PostHeaderIcon Head Pennant

a length of luff tape/boltrope added to a sail’s head to lengthen its hoist. For example, a #4 jib’s luff is typically shorter than the length of the headstay it attaches to, but if you add a head pennant, you can raise the jib halyard to its full hoist position. Compare to tack pennant.

PostHeaderIcon Code 6

a storm sail, for running in storm conditions.

PostHeaderIcon Code 5

a heavy air reaching sail, used in the heaviest winds normally expected.

PostHeaderIcon Code 4

a heavy air running sail, used in the heaviest winds normally expected.

PostHeaderIcon Hitch

a family of knots used to secure a line to another object. Examples are clove hitch, half hitch, and rolling hitch.


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