Re: Single Gaff Halyards
- Yeah John. That's right up there with calling a leg o mutton sail with a sprit boom a 'sprit sail'.....retch.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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)