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A home-made device designed to prevent chafe on sails from the lifts, stays, and crosstrees during long periods of sailing. It is made by stretching two lengths of marline at a convenient working height and cutting old manila rope into lengths of about 10 centimetres (4 in.) which are then unlaid. The strands are then laid across the two lengths of marline, the ends bent over and brought up between the two lengths, pulled tight, and pushed up against other pieces similarly worked, to provide a long length of bushy material. This is then cut into suitable lengths and served round wire and spars wherever there is a danger of these coming in contact with the sails.

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