Sail Boat Parts

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Sail Boat Parts

Any sailor, no matter how inexperienced, needs to be familiar with sail boat parts. Until you understand the differences and the definitions of a sail boat parts, you cannot be an adequate sailor. The following is a list of basic sail boat parts and their definitions:

  1. Backstay-Wire support that runs from the stern to the head of the mast.
  2. Boom-A horizontal spar which extends from the mast and to which the foot of the sail is attached.
  3. Bow-Forward part of the boat.
  4. Stern-Rear of the boat.
  5. Forestay-Wire support that runs from the foredeck to the top of the mast.
  6. Genoa-Also called a genny. This is the largest jib sail.
  7. Hull-Body of the sail boat.
  8. Keel-Fixed underwater fin of the boat.
  9. Propeller-Revolving blades under the boat used to propel that boat through the water.
  10. Lifeline-A cable fence that runs around the perimeter of the boat to prevent sailors from falling overboard.
  11. Mainsail-This the sail that is attached to the boom and mast.
  12. Mainsheet-Line that is used to control the boom.
  13. Rudder-Flat blade attached under the boat at the stern and used to turn the boat.



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