wooden boats   tall ships

Enter what you want to search for, to search for an "exact phrase" by enclosing it in quotes. You may search for a combination of words and phrases


Learn more about our "How to Tie Knots" DVD/CD
May 26th 2020 - 02:21

Thread #285

Portrait for kpbosun

by: kpbosun
April 20th, 2007
Whatīs in a name?
The rain has finally stopped so I will be able to get away from the computer today, but I thought that I would throw out a couple of things just to keep others that still have rain something to do.
I used to mess around with the old Monomoy style lifeboats quite a bit. I guess that there are still a few of them around. Anyway, thinking about them got my mind on a nomenclature kick. I have not used some of these terms in conversation for years, but had hoped that they were still in use by somebody. When I tried to run them in the Glossary, figuring that tall ship people might use them, I came up blank. I know that Google, Yahoo, etc. would probably get these things in a snap, but the challenge here is to give an identity/definition from personal knowledge. Maybe a measure of the īsalt in your veinsī. If you have some time on your hands, give them a shot.

thole pins



stern/bow sheets


"cating" an anchor

riding pawl

The last ones are not just related to lifeboats but came to mind during the process.
Have fun, kpbosun

Portrait for kpbosun

by: kpbosun
May 1st, 2007
Whatīs in a name?
Good, I am glad that there are still some people using them. I actually use
"thole pin" as an alias on the Yahoo "Answers" program. (because it gives
you leverage)
 I had thought that "cat head" and "to cat the anchor" would be the first
ones to be defined. Do some "tall ships" still use the "old fashioned
anchor" that was handled this way?

Portrait for sbaker

by: sbaker
May 1st, 2007
Whatīs in a name?
Well I can answer the thole pins straight off - I gave it some time to see if anyone else jumped in.

We have several attached to our dories in the back yard :) Rather then oar-locks, thole pins pop into slots in the gunnels (gunwales) and serve the same basic purpose. To hold the oar at itīs pivot and provide the fulcrum for leverage when rowing.

Iīll have to grab a photo at some point - but Iīm too busy at the moment ;)
Fair Winds
 - and watch for squals from leeward

Scott W. Baker

RSS feed Feed Description
Subscribe to the complete The Bosunīs Mate Forum RSS forum feedFull RSS feed Complete RSS feed
Subscribe to the complete The Bosunīs Mate Forum RSS forum feed for this category onlyQuestions RSS feed for: Questions
A Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed is an xml data file that provides a summary of the information contained here. It is not designed to be viewed in your browser, but instead by rss reader software. If you do not know what this means - you can safely ignore it, as it is provided for advanced users with rss reader software only.

To contribute to our forums you must login. New members can register for a user account.

Copyright © 1987-2020 The Bosun's Mate