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  Gaff rig - Definition, explanation
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.
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.
On such rigs, a triangular fore-and-aft topsail called a gaff sail may be carried between the gaff and the upper mast.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/g/ga/gaff_rig.php   (465 words)

  Halyard -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
In (Riding in a sailboat) sailing, a halyard is a line ((A strong line) rope) that is used to hoist (pull up) a (A large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel) sail or a yard to which a sail has been attached (bent on).
A triangular (Bermuda or "Marconi") sail has only one halyard which is attached at its uppermost point (the head), while a (An iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish) gaff rigged sail has two, a main or gaff halyard and a peak halyard.
Halyards, like most other parts of the (additional info and facts about running rigging) running rigging, were classically made of natural fiber like manila or hemp.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/h/ha/halyard.htm   (153 words)

 Gaff - Definition, explanation
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 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.
Gaffs are used when the weight of the fish exceeds the breaking point of the fishing line or the fishing pole, but cannot of course be used if it is intended to release the fish unharmed after capture.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/g/ga/gaff.php   (489 words)

 Flag and Etiquette Committee Flag FAQ
Flying the national ensign from the top of the mast while flying another flag at the gaff would be flying another flag in a position of superior honor since the peak of the gaff is the highest point of honor.
"The gaff of a yacht-club-type flagpole is the highest point of honor, as is the gaff of the gaff-rigged vessel it simulates.
at the gaff of a mast or pole having a gaff
www.usps.org /national/fecom/faq/gaffpole.html   (1401 words)

 Gaff| Nautical Flagpoles|Single Mast Nautical|Double
As depicted in the drawing on the right, the national ensign should be flown from the gaff and the club or organization burgee should be flown at the masthead.
Because of all the sail carried by the rigging of these vessels, the flag of a nation could not be clearly viewed if it was placed at the top of the mast.
It would be showing disrespect to the national ensign to fly it from somewhere other than the highest point of honor, i.e., at the masthead instead of at the peak of the gaff.
www.anchorflagandflagpole.com /Gaff.htm   (522 words)

A gaff rigged sail is easier to manage than a square rigged sail but more difficult to handle than a triangular or Bermuda rigged sail.
Generally the rig is safer and less prone to broaching or capsize than a comparable sloop, and has more flexibility in sailplan when reducing sail under adverse conditions.
barquentine is a three masted vessel, square rigged on the foremast and fore-an-aft rigged on the main and mizzen masts.
www.dejavu.org /cgi-bin/get.cgi?ver=93&url=http%3A%2F%2Farticles.gourt.com%2F%3Farticle%3Dsail-plan%26type%3Den   (2569 words)

 gaff rigged
gaff rigged is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
On a gaff rigged sailing boat, a topsail is a triangular sail set between the gaff and the top of the mast or extended higher by a small boom.
These rigs may still be seen in widespread use today but were once more common, particularly on such vessels as cutters, two-masted racing, naval or merchant schooners and gaff sloops, but have now been largely superseded by the bermuda rig, which has no topsails.
www.experiencefestival.com /gaff_rigged   (649 words)

 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Most traditionally rigged schooners are gaff rigged, sometimes carrying a square topsail on the foremast and occasionally, in addition, a square fore-course (together with the gaff foresail).
Some schooner yachts are Bermuda rigged on the mainmast and gaff rigged on the foremast.
The scow schooner, which used a schooner rig on a flat bottomed, blunt ended scow hull, were popular in North America for coastal and river transport.
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=schooner   (945 words)

 Flying ensigns from gaffs
It is undoubtedly common practice among yacht clubs to fly the national ensign at the gaff (the diagonal member that projects aft from the crosstree on a mast) with the club burgee at the peak of the mast.
Flying two flags from the gaff is after all just a solution for the rare event when two national ensigns have to be flown.
The question of where to fly the ensign on a gaff-rigged flagpole ashore seems to be an immortal cause celebre between yachtsmen and those concerned for the honor of the flag.
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/xf-gaff.html   (3061 words)

 Articles - Halyard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
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).
A triangular (Bermuda or "Marconi") sail has only one halyard which is attached at its uppermost point (the head), while a gaff rigged sail has two, a throat halyard and a peak halyard.
Halyards, like most other parts of the running rigging, were classically made of natural fiber like manila or hemp.
www.seekj.com /articles/Halyard   (382 words)

 Gaff Rigged
Re: Gaff Rigged -- Rick -- 8/16/05 12:48p.m.
Re: Gaff Rigged -- Rick -- 8/18/05 3:32a.m.
Re: Gaff Rigged -- Rick -- 8/19/05 9:37a.m.
bbs.trailersailor.com /forums/gaffers/index.cgi/noframes/read/3284   (155 words)

A crack had developed in the mast at the point where the gaff rests when the sail is hoisted.
We were excited when we finally moved REEB outside, stepped the mast, and began rigging.
Since this was the first gaff-rigged sloop Craig and I had worked on, we had to call in our father for help on rigging details.
www.westsystem.com /ewmag/15/restoringreeb.html   (1494 words)

 Lulworth™ - The Restoration of the Century
Most of Lulworth’s spars, rigging and sails were damaged during the war, and no longer needed once she ‘retired’ as a house boat in 1947.
And then there is the gaff of 16m and bowsprit of 9.5m to consider.
The standing rig and blocks were also made by Spencer Rigging, and Harry Spencer added back many of the original fittings (including even the gaff saddle) that he had dug out of the mud back in 1990.
www.lulworth.nl /pages.php?id=1278   (493 words)

 Sailing Magazine
With a four-sided gaff rig, there are limited controls, so compromises have to be made.
Since the gaff is in a remote location while sailing, set your gaff outhaul tension before you raise the sail to match the expected winds.
Twist is the tendency of the sail to rotate away from the perpendicular of the boom as it rises from the deck.
www.sailingmagazine.net /technique_0107.html   (2247 words)

 Yachting and Boating World forums: Gaf rigged sailing
Don't try to tension a gaff rig like harp-strings, they don't like it, and neither do the boats.
Gaff rig has many advantages - the rig isn't set up tight, so it doesn't stress the hull, and it sails well downwind.
I'm sure the main reason that Gaffers are thought to sail upright and not go to windward is that the rig is often too slack, the peak not tight enough and few sailmakers really understand the rig.
www.ybw.com /forums/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=cb&Number=755332&Searchpage=1&Main=747920&Words=+kestrel1891&topic=&Search=true   (658 words)

 American Pond Boat - Gaff-rigged Schooner, c. 1910
The rig and sails are original, and the hull has been refinished.
In the late 1800's, the fastest and most economical means of transporting the goods needed by a growing America was by water, and there were thousands (no exaggeration) of 2- and 3-masted schooners engaged in the coastwise trade.
The schooner rig was (and is) easy to handle by a small crew, and was thus favored by the thrifty watermen.
www.antiqnet.com /detail,american-pond-boat,1040934.html   (155 words)

 Sailing Books Ltd. : General / History/Buying   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Practical aspects of the masts, spars, sails, rigging, and the contrasts between the development of the gaf rig in the UK.,USA, Scandanavia and France.
Traditional gaff rigged or older traditional craft have different sailing and handling skills - this book covers the handling and maintenance techniques for these craft.
Introduction to these craft, setting up the rig, how to handle heavy loads by tackle rather than winches, hoisting, setting and reefing: heavy and light air sailing considered.
www.sailingbooks.co.uk /trolleyed/30/index.htm   (1345 words)

 Schooner Man Schooner & Tall Ship
There are some examples of modern ships but most are of traditionally rigged vessels Schooners were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century however, much of their development took place in America from the time of the American Revolution.
Carrying a full sailing rig, diesel engine and 14 dories, she spent the next 27 years fishing the North Atlantic's bountiful outer banks from her home port of Gloucester.
Carr-Laughton, the Librarian of the British Admiralty, says that the essentials of the schooner rig are two gaff sails and a headsail, all beyond is accidental.
www.schoonerman.com /home.htm   (510 words)

 The Wylo Gaff Rigged Liveaboard Cruising Yacht   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
I was pleased to discover that the hull form is certainly not slower than a round bilge hull as proved on many passages.
Friends who have come sailing with us often remark how nicely balanced she is on the helm, a product of the balanced hull form and correctly placed rig.
I have been very happy with the gaff rig and regard it as the best rig for a real cruising boat, and the easiest rig to work at sea.
home.iprimus.com.au /martinm13/wylo   (182 words)

 Yachting and Boating World forums: gaff topsail
Whilst we have worked out how to rig the main and jib, neither of us have any gaff experience and are wondering how to rig the topmast and topsail.
On my Cornish working boat the timminoggy is mounted to the gaff near to the jaws and with this arrangement you do not need item 2 in your posting.
Basically the topsail exists to provide the owner of a gaff rigged boat with the excitement that people with pointy headed rigs get from their spinnakers.
www.ybw.com /forums/showflat.php?Number=472135&page=0   (537 words)

 Flag and Etiquette Committee
New configurations of boats, riggings and the like have slightly modified the traditional points of honor.
Use of antennas, fishing towers, outriggers, sailboat backstays, portside halyards, and double hoisting are all new to the nautical flag code.
A gaff rigged pole may, or may not have a yardarm or crosstree.
www.usps.org /national/fecom   (486 words)

 Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The Common to the East, the beach to the West and, of course, the Pier, are all good vantage points for these events.
The sight of a harbour full of gaff rigged boats, dressed overall, evokes a bygone age and is in complete contrast to the usual fleet of white fibreglass!
As well as the Gaffers themselves, there are races for X and Y class yachts - Bermudan rigged but 80 plus years old - and Scow and Optimist dinghies.
www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk /yogaff/sailing.htm   (136 words)

 What kind of ship is the Black Pearl
The title "bark" in reality only refers to the style of rigging: typically three-masted, but square-rigged only on the fore and main mast (the first two masts).
On the mizzen-mast, or the last mast, it is gaff-rigged; that is to say, the sails run along the length of the ship, instead of the width.
Perhaps so - but then again, the definition of a full rigged ship is "square rigged on all (three or more) masts plus a gaff sail on the mizzen mast".
www.kipar.org /piratical-resources/potc-black-pearl.html   (1208 words)

 Gaff Rigged Flag Pole Maritime
Each "Gaff Rigged Flag Pole Maritime" listing below has information about "Gaff Rigged Flag Pole Maritime" that may be of interest to you.
yacht club has a flag pole with a gaff, the national ensign is flown from the...
The position of the U.S. Flag on a mast which also has a gaff is a controversial one.
www.flags-american-flag.com /flags/15/gaff-rigged-flag-pole-maritime.html   (274 words)

 Yachting and Boating World forums: Finesse 24: gaff rig?
I had thought of gaff but then discounted it because I had assumed that the position of the mast would need to be moved and it looked likely to be expensive.
She is sloop rigged and I believe did once have roller reefing on the jib but this has now been removed.
Gaffers are charming, but the complications of sailing with running backstays, two main halyards, and a very short luff to the jib to make going to windward not over-efficient should not be underestimated.
www.ybw.com /forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/326091/page/0/fpart/1/vc/1   (1375 words)

 Gaff Rigged Cutter - information needed
I know that you are primarily interested in amateur boat building but, after more than two years of searching for information about a boat, I am turning to Duckworks for help.
The boat, whose model name is “Pepper”, is a gaff rigged cutter with a club-footed jib and staysail; both head sails are set flying.
The sparred length is 18 feet 6 inches, the length on deck is 15 feet and the waterline length is 12 feet; it has a full, unballasted keel.
www.duckworksmagazine.com /04/s/projects/mystery/index.htm   (344 words)

 sail-world.com -- National Gaffers Day 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Her history since returning to Sydney is rather vague, with reports that she was converted into a fishing boat during World War II, later restored with a smaller Bermudan rig and used for cruising on Pittwater, before being left neglected on a mooring in McCarrs Creek.
Killala is now back to her original glory and will racing once more next Saturday at the age of about 110 years, joining many other living reminders of the earlier years of yacht racing on Sydney Harbour, also lovingly restored and sailed by their current owners.
Gaff Rigged Division II entrants included the restored Jenny Wren, designed by the famous Walter Reeks and built in the 1880s, and Pagan, which was sailed across the Pacific from Canada before World War II.
www.sail-world.com /news.cfm?Nid=23309&SRCID=3&RequestTimeOut=180   (794 words)

 The WoodenBoat School - Brooklin, Maine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
gaff yawl EMILY MARSHALL which was originally commissioned by naval historian Samuel Eliot Morison in 1946.
She was a partner in a sail loft in Costa Rica for four years, where she had the opportunity to examine sails and rigging while sailing on different boats from all over the world.
He also has a background in emergency services, technical rope rigging and rescue, environmental activism, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
www.thewoodenboatschool.com /facultystaff.html   (11794 words)

 Return of the gaff rigged sportsboat . . . - Sailing Anarchy Forums
With that in mind I post the following image of a deep keeled, gaff rigged performance day boat.
And your gaff main is more triangular than many square-tops.
Battens are lighter, allow better trim adjustments, and are cheaper to replace than any spar.
www.sailinganarchy.com /forums/index.php?&act=ST&f=1&t=907   (371 words)

 Amazon.com: The Gaff Rig Handbook: Books: John Leather   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
topsail luff, gaff rigged craft, peak halliard blocks, yard topsail, boomless mainsail, runner pendant, single halliard, deck eyebolt, double topping lifts, cutter smacks, throat halliards, bermudian rig, lug mizzen, parrel line, topmast forestay, running bowsprit, peak halliards, gaff rigged yachts, fishing cutters, boomed staysail, cranse iron, fidded topmast, hounds cheeks, handspike windlass, large racing yachts
The illustrations are marvelous, whether it's the crisp, highly detailed line drawings of rig details or the wonderful rare old photographs of the glory days of this marvelous rig.
Each major component of the gaff rig is treated with a chapter (Mast and Spars, Running Rigging, Standing Rigging, etc.) and then adaptations for several specific types of boats (catboats, sloops, cutters, smacks, yawls, schooners, etc.)
www.amazon.com /Gaff-Rig-Handbook-John-Leather/dp/0952467909   (1147 words)

 BoatUS.com: Boat Reviews by Jack Hornor, N.A. - Alberg 30
As unusual as it may sound, there are very good, competitive sailors who have no interest in fiddling with a bunch of sheets, guys, halyards, outhauls, downhauls, cunninghams, barber-haulers, etc. in order to coax the best performance out of their boats.
And, while catboats may have some shortcomings, the advantages of this simple rig, shallow draft and high initial stability have kept these designs popular among a loyal group of sailors.
One of the more popular catboats, the Sanderling was first designed and built in 1962 by Breck Marshall who loosely based his design on a 1941 Pop Arnold design.
www.boatus.com /jackhornor/sail/Marshall18.asp   (993 words)

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