A mast may be in dire straits following the loss of a shroud, but when a forestay or a backstay carries away it will be lucky to survive. There is, however, a slim chance that if the backstay lets go, the combined effect of the lower shrouds and the leech of a closehauled mainsail will hold it up long enough for the crew to act. Similarly, a damaged forestay may be covered for a few moments by the luff of the jib, or a halyard stowed on the pulpit combined with a baby stay, but the only real hope lies in an immediate manoeuvre to relieve the injured wire. There is not a watch-tick to lose.
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.