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1 Short ropes attached to the futtock shrouds under the tops in square-rigged vessels. They are used to brace in the shrouds more tightly and thus give space to brace the yards at a sharper angle to the fore-and-aft line when a square-rigged ship sails close hauled. For illus. see futtock shrouds.

2 The lashings used on yachts to prevent halyards frapping on the mast when moored up or at anchor, or in a marina.

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