Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Gaff: A spar to which the head of a four sided fore-and-aft sail is attached. When a gaff is hoisted, it carries the sail up with it. Normally it takes two sets of halyards to hoist a gaff-rigged sail.
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Gaff-rigged: A fore-and-aft rig where the primary sails abaft the mast are trapezoidal in shape. The foot of the sail is attached to a boom, the luff is attached to the mast, and the head is attached to a gaff.

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