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Re: Single Gaff Halyards

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  • captreed@sbcglobal.net
    Yeah John. That s right up there with calling a leg o mutton sail with a sprit boom a sprit sail .....retch. Reed
    Message 1 of 19 , Jul 12, 2010
      Yeah John. That's right up there with calling a leg o mutton sail with a sprit boom a 'sprit sail'.....retch.

      Reed

      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "John Kohnen" <jhkohnen@...> wrote:
      >
      > I can forgive most minor gaffes about gaffs and yards <kaff, kaff> without
      > feeling the irresistible urge to jump in with a paroxysm of pedantry. But
      > one error, supported by a large class of affordable small sailboats, that
      > really gets my blood stirring is Sunfish sailers calling the spar that
      > supports the upper edge of their lateen sails the "upper boom"!! "It's a
      > YARD, morons!" I feel like yelling at them. <harrumph> I'm glad I got that
      > off my chest. <g>
      >
      > A gaff _always_ has its heel bearing against the mast, held with jaws or a
      > gooseneck fitting. Yards _never_ have their heels attached to the mast.
      > But never say "never" because the yard of a gunter sail has its heel
      > attached to the mast! <g> It's still a yard because the gunter descended
      > from lug rigs. At any rate, you're safe if you see a spar with neither end
      > attached to the mast and call it a "yard."
      >
      > On Fri, 09 Jul 2010 21:09:14 -0700, Jon wrote:
      >
      > > I'm pretty sure that the tiny fraction of the world's population that
      > > cares about such things will not think less of you. I count myself in
      > > that small group, but also know that caring doesn't mean getting it
      > > correct all of the time myself. Personally, I'm fascinated with the
      > > traditional nomenclature not only because of its richness, but because
      > > it seeks to eliminate ambiguity. Would that all of our terminology in
      > > this world aspire to such goals.
      >
      > --
      > John (jkohnen@...)
      > A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
      > (Robert A. Heinlein)
      >
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