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jackyard

[jak-yahrd]
noun Nautical.
  1. a small, inclined spar upholding the head of a quadrangular gaff topsail similar in form to a lugsail.
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Origin of jackyard

First recorded in 1880–85; jack1 + yard2
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Examples from the Web for jackyard

Historical Examples of jackyard

  • A jackyard topsail that requires no topmast can be set, and a spinnaker will be found very useful for running in light weather.

    Yachting Vol. 1

    Various.

  • One yard ought to serve for both the gaff and jackyard topsail, and these sails should be made the same length on the head.

  • She might well have carried her jackyard topsail going west, and certainly wanted it, coming back with sheets off.

  • Jackyard topsails and bowsprit spinnakers preened before it.

    The Message

    Louis Tracy