Sailboat rigging. 1.Headstay, 2.Backstay, 3.Shroud or side stay, 4.Spreaders, 5.Backstay, 7.Boom

The rigging of a sailing ship is made up of the ropes and/or chains used to support the ship's masts, yards and sails.[1] The standing rigging is used to support the masts.[1] The running rigging supports the yards and sails.[1] Some types of sailboats that have unsupported masts do not have any rigging.[2] These include the junk rig and catboat rigs.[2] Bermuda sloops with a single mast and one headsail use fairly simple rigging.[2] Cutter-rigged ketches and schooners have the most complex rigging.[2]

Standing rigging

A sailing ship's standing rigging is made up of the ropes used to support the masts, yards and booms.[3] Most modern sailing vessels use wire rope for the the standing rigging.[3] Modern standing rigging is regularly checked for tension using a special gauge. Adjusting the tension is done by use of a turnbuckle.[4] Ropes, wires or rods that run fore-and-aft along the centerline which stabilize the masts or spars are called stays.[5] Those that from the mast to the bow are called forestays.[5] Those that run from the mast to the stern are called backstays.[5]

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