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Is this a jib pennant?

I attached a photo of what I think is a jib pennant. I found it among a bunch of junk on my boat and was wondering how to use it. I know that a pennant is to raise the short jib off the deck, but I was wondering if this is indeed what I suspect and also what is the round black spacer for that rides up and down the cable?
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It may well be. There could be one or two hanks on it to keep the leech close to the headstay.
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Yep. for shorter foresails. The round thing probably helps prevent halyard wrap.

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Yep. for shorter foresails. The round thing probably helps prevent halyard wrap.

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Cool, well we have established what it is.... but now, how is it used?
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If we are talking about the same thing (we call them strops over here). Attach one end to your bow, in my case my boat has holes in the Headstay.. Is it a bow peak? I forget, anyway the stainless fitting at the front with roller for the anchor etc.
Then the other end is attached to your sail.

I have strops of varying length to raise the sail height off the deck.

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If we are talking about the same thing (we call them strops over here). Attach one end to your bow, in my case my boat has holes in the Headstay.. Is it a bow peak? I forget, anyway the stainless fitting at the front with roller for the anchor etc.
Then the other end is attached to your sail.

I have strops of varying length to raise the sail height off the deck.

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OK, I got it. Thanks - That is what I suspected but wasn't 100% sure.
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A pennant in my experience has two uses: 1) To get the sail off the deck to faciliate visibility forward and a full range of movement, such as when fully eased; 2) To get a bit of sail area higher in the case where you are expecting a wide range of wind gusts and want to sail with reduced sail area forward, but not completely kill your drive.

I typically have only used them when I rig a No. 3 and sail solo in 20 knots or so. Too high and the sail cut to sweep the deck (such as a 100% working jib) doesn't perform well, which is probably why I've never seen them higher than just under the pulpit rail.
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For roller reefing too.

I can think of one other use for a 'jib pennant', which is at the top of a short jib on a roller reefing setup to get the top swivel to the top of the fore stay and avoid halyard wrap. Learned that the hard way.

Edit: CSears is correct, its a pendant. A pennant is a flag.

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using a pendant at the base would do the same thing and improve your ability to see under the jib/genoa...

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I can think of one other use for a 'jib pennant', which is at the top of a short jib on a roller reefing setup to get the top swivel to the top of the fore stay and avoid halyard wrap. Learned that the hard way.
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I hate to be pedantic, but I believe you mean jib pendant, not jib pennant and also not to be confused with a fraculator.

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