A pair of stays used to support the masthead of a Bermudan-rigged vessel where the forestay is attached below the masthead. Their lower ends are attached to the mast at a lower spreader band where their forward pull is counteracted by aft lower shrouds. These stays are extended forward in way of the forestay by short jumper struts usually arranged at about 45° to the centreline. The term is also sometimes used on square-riggers for preventer braces used to augment the lead of the braces of the lee main course when hard braced in bad weather. A single strut on the foreside of a mizzen-mast, which takes a jumper stay to support the masthead, is known as a parrot perch.
Subjects: Maritime History.