Bowsprit

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Bowsprit held down by a bobstay
Bowsprit with forestays and bobstays

The bowsprit of a sailing vessel is a spar extending forward from the vessel's prow. The bowsprit is typically held down by a bobstay that counteracts the forces from the forestays. The word bowsprit is thought to originate from the Middle Low German word bōchsprētbōch meaning "bow" and sprēt meaning "pole".[1]

It is sometimes used to hold up the figurehead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bowsprit". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 15 November 2012.

References[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of bowsprit at Wiktionary