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- Full-Day Pontoon 20-ft Boat Rental for up to 10 people
- Full-Day Pontoon 20-ft Boat Rental for up to 12 people
Sailboat Rigging: Controlling the Wind
Just as a motorboat needs an engine, a sailboat requires rigging to make it move. Check out Groupon’s guide to this system before planning a jaunt on the seven seas.
A sailboat’s rigging is easy to find—just look up at the network of ropes, lines, and tackle that connects and controls the beams (called spars) and sails. It takes study and practice to use the rigging to fully turn the wind to your advantage, but a few basic terms can help novice sailors begin to understand the intricate web they see.
Standing rigging: This is the system of taut, unmoving lines whose tension holds up the masts and other wooden structures, which would otherwise be prone to sway in the wind and get snapped off by griffins. The mast stands tall with the help of two kinds of lines. Stays run fore and aft, with the forestay often used to hold a foresail (called a jib or a genoa). These lines are often made from steel for durability and strength. Shrouds run from side to side, and often two or three each will connect the mast port and starboard for stability’s sake.
Running rigging: This consists of all the flexible lines and ropes that manipulate the sails, and they may be made from hemp, cotton, polyester, or jute. Though a sheet might sound like a playful word for sail, it’s actually one of the lines that controls the sails, keeping them taut and flexible enough to match the wind’s speed and direction. Like any part of the rigging, a sheet won’t do its job if it’s flapping loose—giving rise to the phrase “three sheets to the wind” to convey a drunkenness akin to a ship’s bobbing off course. Halyards are the other main components of the running rigging, and their operation is simple—pull the line tight to raise the sail, let it loose to bring it down when you need to paint something cool on it.
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