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A gaff is the sail is supported at the top by a spar. The gaff is suspended from the mast and rises and falls with the sail. See the picture on the schooner page for an example. The gaff is hoisted so that its end furthest from the mast is much higher than the end attached to the mast. This leads to an advantage of this rig that the mast itself need not be so high. Possibly this led to the popularity of this type of rig in the days of wooden spars.
A reasonable start but lots of guesswork. Andrewa 21:21, 5 Nov 2004 (UTC)
Merge Gaff->Gaff rig
Presently the Gaff article is a subset of a version of this article. It either needs work or should become a disambiguation page for the spar used in Gaff rig and the fishing tool. With work (along the lines of Boom), it could probably shrink Gaff rig and let that concentrate on where the rig is used. But as it stands now Gaff is duplication.--J Clear 02:32, 27 June 2006 (UTC)
- After popping over to Gaffer is seems like working to make Gaff unique might be better.--J Clear 02:36, 27 June 2006 (UTC)
- Gaff is also a fishing term and a special card or gimmick used in magic - I suggest gaff is a disambiguation page which links to different treatments of each term. Davidbod 12:35, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
gaffs longer than booms
Does this happen? If so, the area would more than double. Debivort 20:20, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
- It is theoretically possible, but I have never seen any ships like this. I suspect that this is because any ship with space for such a pole has room for it at deck level, and tradition says that the boom should be longer. On second thoughts, however, it would be quite a good idea to have the gaff longer. This would put much of the sail higher, where the wind is a tiny bit stronger. The resulting sail would be harder to handle, but it shouldn't be impossible. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:18, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
I've had to wend my way through a couple of dozen of these nautical articles and most of them are quite wonderful. The problem I have, the MAJOR problem I have, is the inability to define one discrete feature of a sailing vessel without reference to a series of other features, all of which lead back to the feature one is trying to figure out. Read my lips: SHOW ME A PICTURE!! Nothing Else Will Do! You nautical types end up coming across to the rest of us as rather self-satisfied enthusiasts. GET IT TOGETHER and clue the rest of us in on what you are talking about.
- I have to agree with this statement. I DO know what a gaff rig is, and I was just here to see if there was a decent picture to clarify a few rigging details I was unsure of... Alas, there is a photo with some arrows that point at things I cannot even really see. I may just take it upon myself to generate a diagram myself at this point. Can't believe this hasn't been done before now, but better late than never! A decent image-- is that so much to expect? So hard to produce? I do not think so. Let me see what I can do here...! KDS4444Talk 16:50, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
The "halyard" photo is supposed to demonstrate exactly what a gaff-rigged boat is. How very nice. Exactly WHERE in the photo does it indicate what a ""***GAFF***"" is? I don't want to spend 5 hours on each and every of the hundreds of nautical terms, I come to Wikipedia to make my life easier. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 14:59, 11 November 2007 (UTC)
- In the german wikipedia ("Deutsch") there is a picture where 1 identifies the "Gaffel" (gaff). I'd say the gaff is a round pole which is mounted to the mast near its top to maintain a sail in a way that it can be four-cornered. But English is not my first language and I know nothing about sailing. (That's why I'm also looking for precise and simple and non-circular definitions.) Maybe some expert could check this. -- 188.8.131.52 (talk) 10:12, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
- It dosn't say were the gaff is. To give a deffinition, the gaff is the pole at the top of the sail, as opposed to the boom at the bottom of the sail. The gaff dosn't need to be round, but it normally is. I don't claim to be an expert either, but I do spend quite a lot of time sailing. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:12, 24 November 2010 (UTC)