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For gaff in fishing, see gaff (fishing).

In sailing, a gaff is the upper spar used to control a four sided fore-and-aft sail set aft of the mast. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Gaff rig is a sailing rig in which the mainsail is a four-cornered fore-and-aft rigged sail controlled at its head by a spar called the gaff. ... Fishing with gaff hook In fishing, a gaff is a pole with a hook on the end that is used to stab a large fish and then lift the fish into the boat. ... Sailing at sunset Wooden sailing boat Sailing is the skillful art of controlling the motion of a sailing ship or smaller boat, across a body of water. ... This article is about the convenience store. ... A sail is any type of surface intended to generate thrust by being placed in a wind —in essence a vertically-oriented wing. ...


Now largely obsolete, the gaff rig was once the normal rig on classic schooners and all other sailing ships using fore-and-aft rigging, and also on sailing dingies. Gaff rig is a sailing rig in which the mainsail is a four-cornered fore-and-aft rigged sail controlled at its head by a spar called the gaff. ... Two-masted fishing schooner A schooner (IPA: ) is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts. ...


A gaff may be raised either by one or two halyards. On larger vessels, the peak halyard raises the end of the gaff further from the mast, and hauls the gaff towards the mast when the sail is set, while the main or throat halyard raises the end of the gaff closer to the mast, and bears most of the weight of the sail and also the luff tension when the sail is set. In sailing, a halyard is a line (rope) that is used to hoist (pull up) a sail or a yard to which a sail has been attached (bent on). ... diagram showing the names of the parts of a sail The lower edge of a triangular sail is called the foot of the sail, while the upper point is known as the head. ...


On smaller boats, a single halyard raises the gaff, an arrangement known as gunter rig after the wire gunter that runs along the top of the gaff, and along which the end of the halyard runs by means of a block. In sailing, a gunter is a wire that leads from one end of a gaff to the other. ... In sailing, a block is a pulley or a number of pulleys enclosed in sheaves so as to be fixed to the end of a line or to a spar or surface. ...


See also


A gaffer in the motion picture industry is the head of the electrical department, responsible for the execution (and sometimes the design) of the lighting plan for a production. ... In sailing, a gunter is a wire that leads from one end of a gaff to the other. ...

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Gaff rig - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (341 words)
Gaff rig is a sailing rig (configuration of sails) in which a sail is a four-cornered fore-and-aft rigged sail controlled at its peak, and usually entire head, by a spar (pole) called the gaff.
The gaff enables a fore and aft sail to be four sided, rather than triangular, up to doubling the sail area that can be carried by the same mast and boom.
Gaff rig remains the most popular rig for schooner and barquentine mainsails and other course sails, and spanker sails on a square rigged vessel are always gaff rigged.
Gaff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (146 words)
In sailing, a gaff is the upper spar used to control a four sided fore-and-aft sail set aft of the mast.
Now largely obsolete, the gaff rig was once the normal rig on classic schooners and all other sailing ships using fore-and-aft rigging, and also on sailing dingies.
On smaller boats, a single halyard raises the gaff, an arrangement known as gunter rig after the wire gunter that runs along the top of the gaff, and along which the end of the halyard runs by means of a block.
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