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Re: Terminology: spar vs. mast

When you talk about 'bending on a sail" that historically implied that the sail was tied on. It may have been put on with a lace line, or lashed to mast hoops, but the implication was that it tied in some fashion. Mainsails were typically bent on.

When I was a kid, the term bending on a sail, also seemed to be applied to sails with bolt ropes. So in theory, installing a jib into a foil or furler, might be bending on a jib, but I have not heard that used that way....

Hank on is comparatively modern, and it generally refers to something that uses hardware to be clipped in place, i.e. 'a hank'. Before furlers and headstay foils, jibs typically used clips so they are hanked on.

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