Masthead rig

What does "Masthead rig" mean?

Today it means: Rigging to the top of the mast.

A sailing vessel rigging will consist of a forestay and a backstay which are usually both attached to the top of the mast. This is known as a masthead rig. There is also a fractional rig where the forestay does not go to the top of the mast. Masthead rigs carry more sail.

See also: Forestay  and: Backstay  and: Fractional rig

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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