- a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater.
Origin of bobstay
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Examples from the Web for bobstay
Iron plates by which the lower end of the bobstay is attached to the stem.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Lowering himself from the port bow into the water, he clung to the bobstay.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
The Kanaka caught the bobstay, climbed over the bow, and crawled aft.A Son Of The Sun
Twice in my life I have had men anchor the boat on the bobstay.
You cannot make your bobstay too strong or fasten it too securely.
- a strong stay between a bowsprit and the stem of a vessel for holding down the bowsprit
C18: perhaps from bob 1 + stay ³
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