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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-29-2008 11:45 PM
rmtayloriii Holy Sheet. The faak is so tic. I can't see.
05-29-2008 10:12 PM
denby
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Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
Only on Sailnet, could such a simple question require 29 responses
It just shows how helpful we are.
05-29-2008 12:57 AM
camaraderie BTW Beez...did you MAKE Bail???
05-29-2008 12:53 AM
PBzeer Only on Sailnet, could such a simple question require 29 responses
05-28-2008 11:51 PM
denby
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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
nola...You mean West and defender, schaeffer and ronstan catalina kenyon etc. etc. etc. are all spelling it worng? No similar definition for bale though there is some use on the net in this context.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This bail2 Audio Help /beɪl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[beyl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun
1.the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.
2.a hooplike support, as for the canvas cover on a Conestoga wagon.
3.a metal band or bar equipped with rollers for holding a sheet or sheets of paper against the platen of a printing press, typewriter, etc.
So Cam, how many of these do you have on your RV? Do they help hold the solar sticks up?
05-28-2008 11:32 PM
camaraderie nola...You mean West and defender, schaeffer and ronstan catalina kenyon etc. etc. etc. are all spelling it worng? No similar definition for bale though there is some use on the net in this context.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This bail2 Audio Help /beɪl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[beyl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun
1.the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.
2.a hooplike support, as for the canvas cover on a Conestoga wagon.
3.a metal band or bar equipped with rollers for holding a sheet or sheets of paper against the platen of a printing press, typewriter, etc.
05-28-2008 09:54 PM
nolatom At the risk of being wrong (yet again), I'm not sure your question got answered.

A boom bale (not "bail", which is done with a scoop or a pump) is a strap hanging from the boom (as shown in several posts above). It can serve as an anchor for a vang, or for the forward or aft part of a mainsheet rig.

But if you see a bale midway between the boom-end and mainsheet-lead blocks, then you just run the mainsheet through it as a safeguard against a slack mainsheet catching a thing or a crew during a jibe or a tack.

The intermediate bale prevents the mainsheet from drooping into the cockpit and catching your throat, or hat, or arm, or whatever, during a light-air jibe.

In the past, I've made intermediate bales out of duct tape. But then again, I'm a New Englander who's been down south too long, so I no longer fit in anywhere....;-)
05-28-2008 09:43 PM
denby John, Dog and Davis,

Thanks for the pics. Just goes to show you, you can learn a lot on this site.
05-28-2008 06:13 PM
lbdavis I'm at the equator right now. That's why everything looks so sideways in that picture.
05-28-2008 06:11 PM
lbdavis Here's an even better view of it on my boom:

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