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    Default Vocabulary questions

    Is it main mast or mainmast?

    Mizzen: is this the mast or the sail?

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    Default Re: Vocabulary questions

    Quote Originally Posted by dalekidd View Post
    Is it main mast or mainmast?

    Mizzen: is this the mast or the sail?
    Various dictionaries suggest mainmast, one word.
    The mizzen refers to both mast and sails, although back in the days of the sailing navy the gaff sail on the mizzen could be either the spanker or the driver, depending on size and fine details of the rig. So you can have a mizen topsail set over a gaff or lug mizzen. .
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Clarity dictates.

    We put George in the bo's'n's chair and ran him up the mizzen (the mast)to clear the lift. Then we trimmed the mizzen (sail) to ease the rudder pressure.

    Obviously could have written 'mizzenmast' (not 'mizzen mast')but the meaning is clear. Given context the 'sail' or 'mast' can always be dropped.

    Similarly 'foremast', not fore mast. And 'foresail'.

    The 'mainsail' is always set on the 'main mast'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    ...scrudgeons.
    Good one.

    New to me.

    Thanks!

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    And when you’re done, align the gronicles.

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    I believe one squares the gronicles.......

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