The Rig and the Standing and Running Rigging

The Rig of a sail boat is the collective name given to the components needed to raise, lower and manage the sails. Even in a small boat like this one shown on Wikipedia, (you have to scroll down a ways to see it), there are a surprising number of parts. The parts are grouped into two main sections. The Standing Rigging, the Mast, Shrouds and Forestay – and the Running Rigging: halyards, sheets (rope lines), blocks (pulleys) and winches. The Standing Rigging holds all the pieces of the mast and boom in place, i.e. all those pieces which are required to make the mast and boom “stand-up,” while the Running Rigging is used to raise, lower, reef and trim the sails.

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