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An extension fitted to the leech of a fore-and-aft gaff-rigged mainsail to provide a greater area of sail to spread before a following wind. In the days of sail it was rectangular and was attached to the leech of the spanker and extended by a ringtail boom attached to the main boom. Later it became triangular, with the peak secured to the end of the gaff and the foot forming an extension of the mainsail.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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