[ UK /bˈækste‍ɪ/ ]
  1. a stay that supports the back of something
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How To Use backstay In A Sentence

  • I was looking closely at the rigging last week and noticed the backstay was very loose (not under sail, just dockside).
  • A tight headstay is achieved with tight shrouds, tight backstay, and minimum headstay length.
  • If the headstay is not long enough, pulling on any backstay will over flatten the jib and this is very slow.
  • There are four major parts of the rig that may fail: the mast, forestay, backstay, and shrouds. Sailing Fundamentals
  • The longitudinal pressure is counteracted by the bobstays, stays and backstays.
  • The rig is a simple deck-stepped mast-head sloop with single upper shrouds and spreaders, double lower shrouds and split backstay.
  • The only real noise was the sheets screeching through the blocks and the deafening creak when one running backstay was let off and the other was ground on hard.
  • The 7.5 m long anchor span consists of a 10 m wide, 9 m deep posttensioned central box girder that houses anchorages for the backstays.
  • The other end of each shroud and backstay is attached to an adjustable device called a turnbuckle. Sailing Fundamentals
  • The bobstay, forestay and one running backstay were made up by my local chandler from the drawings below.
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