A large, strong rope, reaching from the foremast head to the bowsprit, to support the mast. See Illust. under Ship.
Rope or wire securing a mast or upright at the front. Connects masthead and stem post.
a stay supporting the mast from fall back. Runs from the bow to the top of the mast
Long lines or cables, reaching from the front of the vessel to the mast heads, used to support the mast.
an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast
Also known as the headstay, a line running from the bow of the boat to the upper part of the mast, designed to pull the mast forward. A forestay that attaches slightly below the top of the mast can be used to help control the rake of the mast.
The wire which supports the mainmast in a forward direction, and on which the foresail is attached.
A piece of rigging (usually wire rope) which supports the mast of a sailboat by running from the formost part of the hull of a boat to a point at the top or part way up the mast. The jib of a sailboat is often attached to this forestay.
A mast support that runs from the top of the mast, or near the top of the mast, to the bow; it can be tightened to bend the mast forward, or to increase tension on the backstay.
Wire, sometimes rod, support for the mast, running from the bowsprit or foredeck to a point at or near the top of the mast.
stay or rope that is secured forward of the mast to support the latter against forces acting in the aft direction
(sometimes called a jibstay, or a headstay) A cable supporting the mast, running from the bow to the top of the mast.
The rigging that secures the mast forward.
a bowsie-adjustable line running from the bow or bowsprit to the top of the mast. Seldom if ever used on racing hulls. The jib stay subs as a forestay.
The wire that supports the mast from the forward side, running from the top or near the top of the mast to the forward point of the hull. Also used to support the luff of the jib on sloop rigs.
A stay below and aft of the headstay on a yacht carrying two headsails. Also used as the term for headstay.
wire or string to hold the mast up from the front. In most models (although not in full size boats) it is attached to the front end of the jib boom.
A support wire connecting the mast to the bow.
A stay extending from the head of the fore mast, fore top mast, fore top-gallant mast, etc., to the deck, bowsprit, Jib-boom, or flying jib-boom. It prevents the foremast from falling backward under the tension of the shrouds, backstays, etc.
The stay supporting the foremast from the bowsprit.
line running from the bow of the boat to the upper part of the mast, designed to pull the mast forward. A forestay that attaches slightly below the top of the mast can be used to help control the bend of the mast. The most forward stay on the boat is also called the headstay.
On a sailing vessel, a forestay is a piece of standing rigging which keeps a mast from falling backwards. It is attached either at the very top of the mast, or in fractional rigs between about 1/8 and 1/4 from the top of the mast. The other end of the forestay is attached to the stem or bow of the boat.