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Ya'll quit pulling each other's strings and get along now.

One of the biggest 'problems' I had was teaching my wife why there is a right and wrong way to tie a cleat hitch; she caught me re-tieing one in front of one of her buddies and apparently I em-bare-assed her.

So, I showed her via a 'watch this tangle you tied with come apart' demonstration. Since then she's learned to speak the speak and varnish the teak just like a sailor should.

Newbies should learn, 3000 years of experience can be argued with only to the point the boom hits them on the head as you are saying, "Careful there lad, 'jibe ho' means the helmsman (not helmsperson, helmsman) is about to turn the boat and when he does it means that long stick coming from the mast is about to demonstrate why we call it a 'boom' and not a stick."
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I can't resist tossing in my own 2 cents.

Sheaves are used to allow a line or wire to make a directional change of up to 180 degrees, without chafe and with a minimum of friction. Sheaves turn on Axles. Sheaves are not only on boats or ships. These are not to be confused with a Shiv, which are pointy and are found in prison movies.


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I hate to break it to you...but sheaves and pulleys are synonyms... they have basically the same definition. However, sheave is the word that is more commonly used in nautical settings...but that doesnt' mean that pulley is wrong.
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Just call it a thingy. Thingy will cover everything and your mastery of the English language will amaze your friends - both of them. HAHA!

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My block thingy has a sheave thingy inside and my pulley thingy has a pulley wheel thingy inside, whereas my mast head thingy has four sheave thingies inside and one block thingy outside, for the the spinny thingy.
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My block thingy has a sheave thingy inside and my pulley thingy has a pulley wheel thingy inside, whereas my mast head thingy has four sheave thingies inside and one block thingy outside, for the the spinny thingy.
Now THAT's the spirit!!! (especially as it is Sailaway's post) HAHA!

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