||William Falconer's Dictionary of the Marine
Table of Contents
RABBET to RAISING a purchase
RAKE to RATES
RATES to To REEVE
REEL of the log
RECKONING to RHOMB-LINE
RIBBANDS to RIGGING-OUT a boom
RIGHTING to ROBANDS, or ROPE BANDS
ROGUES-YARN to ROUND-HOUSE
ROUNDING to ROYAL
RUDDER to RUNNING-RIGGING
REEFREEF, (ris, Fr. reef, Dutch) a certain portion of a sail, comprehended between the top or bottom, and a row of eyelet-holes parallel thereto.
The intention of the reef is to reduce the surface of the sail in proportion to the increase of the wind; for which reason there are several reefs parallel to each other in the superior sails, whereby they may be still further diminished, in order to correspond with the several degrees of the gale. Thus the top-sails of ships are usually furnished with three reefs, l m n, fig. I plate IX. parallel to the yard; and there are always three or four reefs, parallel to the bottom on those main-sails and fore-sails, which are extended upon booms: a circumstance common to many of the small vessels.
REEF also implies a chain of rocks, lying near the surface of the water. REEF-BAND, a piece of canvas, sewed across the sail, to strengthen it in the place where the eyelet-holes of the reefs are formed.
© Derived from Thomas Cadell's new corrected edition, London: 1780, page 239, 2004
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