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Useful, I was redirected here from jeer and now there's no mention of it. - So what are the jeers? please (from my pic they look like they might hold up the masts somehow). Lucien86 (talk) 12:38, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

The term "Jeer" is actually "Jeer Capstan".  (an extra capstan usually placed between the foremast and mainmast.) Hope that clears things up.  Skillsaw11 (talk) 12:08, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Jeer \Jeer\, n. [Cf. Gear.] (Naut.)

  (a) A gear; a tackle.
  (b) pl. An assemblage or combination of tackles, for hoisting
      or lowering the lower yards of a ship.
  Jeer capstan (Naut.), an extra capstan usually placed
     between the foremast and mainmast.Skillsaw11 (talk) 12:39, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Skillsawl, that rather misses the point. Why does jeer redirect here at all? Number774 (talk) 20:25, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

Modern Materials?[edit]

I've pulled this sentence:

"Today, polyester is most often used for all lines, but stainless steel or galvanized steel cables may still be seen in some older yachts, while lightweight carbon fiber cords is used for modern racing vessels."

Halliards (As I've always spelt it!) are made from lots of different things. I've had personal experience of galvanised (but not for a long time) stainless steel (as I have on my dinghy, and so do many others) polyester (which is a PITA for racing, too stretchy) Kevlar (which is brittle, and tends to snap without warning, and doesn't like blocks) and Spectra/Dyneema HMPE. I haven't seen carbon - big boats? Isn't it a bit brittle, like Kevlar? I don't think it's a good idea to list all those materials.

If people really think so at least get the grammar right (cord, not cords - and is that even the right word?)

Stainless is often used for dinghies, along with a rack - haul the sail up, hook the eye at the end of the steel into the right place for the black band, coil up the rope tail and you are away.

Number774 (talk) 20:23, 31 August 2009 (UTC)