When is rope not a rope? When it’s on a boat! There are loads of ropes on board but each rope has a different name depending upon what it is used for. Some are more complicated than others but here are some of the most important ones to remember…
Halyards – Halyards are used for hoisting sails. The jib halyard hoists the jib and the main halyard hoists, yes you’ve guessed it, the main sail.
Sheets – The sheets control the sails. The mainsheet, as it name suggests controls the main sail and the jib sheets control the jib. The jib needs two sheets one on each side of the mast. Can you spot the foresail sheets in the picture?
Mooring Lines – Mooring lines (also called warps) are used to tie the boat to the pontoon using cleats. Make sure you find out where the cleats are on the pontoon so you can find them when asked to tie the boat to them and so you don’t trip over them!
So let’s take a closer look at mooring lines... How do secure your mooring line to a cleat?
One way to secure your mooring line to a cleat is with an O X O!!!
Another job to do with mooring lines….As crew you may also get asked to coil your mooring lines for stowage once you set sail. Let’s take a look at how you coil your mooring line…. Why not practice this before you head out for your next sail, you’ll definitely impress your skipper!
When you get to the end check with your skipper how he wants you to finish the coil off – for it to be stowed in a locker, hung up?
Learning the ropes information has been taken from RYA Go Cruising! written by Claudia Myatt. Check out RYA Go Cruising! for loads more top tips and information about going cruising.
Test your learning the ropes knowledge in this quick and fun quiz… good luck
You’ll find all the answers in the story above!
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