Term Definition
backstay Mast support running from the top of the mast to the aft deck or another mast.
bobstay A chain or heavy wire rigging running from the end of the bowsprit to the ship's stem or cutwater.
forestay A line supporting a mast, running from the bowsprit or foredeck of a boat to the upper part of the mast.
stay A large strong rope used to support a mast.
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