crow's foot

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The name given to the method of attaching reef-points to a sail. The points are cut to the required length and each end whipped. A crow's foot is then formed in the middle by twisting against the lay so that individual strands are separated, pulling each one out and letting it twist up on itself. The crow's foot is then sewn to the starboard side of the sail (if possible on a seam) after the reef point has been drawn through the sail.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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