Justin Ruthven-Tyers

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Deadeyes

Deadeyes

Deadeyes is the name given to the rigging used to tension the stays of a mast. They have to be very strong - the stays on one side of the boat, of which there may be two or three, have to be able to carry more than the weight of the vessel. The stay, which rises out of the top of the picture is usually steel wire, and the rope which tensions it is rove through the ‘eyes’ in a particular order to give a fair lead. It is then tied and seized onto itself.

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