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Re: Terminology: spar vs. mast

"bend on" the main, but "hank on" the jib? that sound right? It's what I've heard through the years from the tragically salty...
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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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Re: Terminology: spar vs. mast

a spar is just a spar until put to use,or when referred to in general as a group- "the spars need varnishing because the PO thought cetol was just fine", just as a reel of rope is rope until cut,at which point it becomes 'line" whihc may become known by other titles when applied ot a specific prupose, and may revert back to being called rope when the purpose demands it, (bolt rope, for example), but when referred to generally all the rope on a boat are called lines.

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You're too kind! Few stories you hear from old timers are true. Doesn't make them less entertaining though.
For the record, I DID occasionally have to walk to school through chest high snow. Rarely in May, however, and even more rarely with just one shoe.
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I DID occasionally have to walk to school through chest high snow. Rarely in May, however, and even more rarely with just one shoe
No joke, I woke up to a snow-covered lawn this morning. Not chest high, exactly, and I do have two shoes, but still. Snow in May.
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No joke, I woke up to a snow-covered lawn this morning. Not chest high, exactly, and I do have two shoes, but still. Snow in May.
Sucks for you brother... I have been sailing and standup paddling on my board for over a month...
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Sucks for you brother... I have been sailing and standup paddling on my board for over a month...
Where is global warming when you need it? Always during the dog days of summer...
Word. Last year they called ice-out on Lake Minnetonka on March 21st. This year it was May 2nd.
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For the record, I DID occasionally have to walk to school through chest high snow. Rarely in May, however, and even more rarely with just one shoe.
But, did you have to walk uphill, both to and from school?

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But, did you have to walk uphill, both to and from school?
depending upon the route i took...yes.

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