Month: December 2014

Use your block!

Rigging blocks provide mechanical advantage and they also redirect the lead of a line to make it more convenient to pull on. A single block at the masthead with a halyard running through it is a simple one part purchase. It provides no mechanical advantage, but it does redirect the lead of the line to …

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Nautical expressions

I always thought that “the whole nine yards” was an American expression related somehow to American football but it’s actually a nautical term: A typical square rigger would have three masts each with three yards. When all sail was set it would be maximising its full potential – to use an American expression – flying …

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