- any of various lines set up to reinforce or relieve ordinary running or standing rigging.
- a line for preventing a sail from jibbing.
Origin of preventer
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Historical Examples of preventer
A ship hove-to with preventer tackles on the rudder-head is unmanageable.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Preventer—A rope used to prevent the straining or breaking of a spar or sail.On Yacht Sailing
Thomas Fleming Day
Preventer stays: Additional ropes set up taut to prevent spars carrying away when a vessel is under a press of canvas.
The only safeguard lies in rigging a preventer stay that will set up with a tackle, the fall leading inboard.
It was formerly a custom to fit two bobstays, a regular one and a smaller one, called a preventer.