Nautical words

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Balanced Rudder. One in which rudder stock is not on leading edge of rudder, but an appropriate distance abaft it. Pressure on forward area or rudder nearly balances pressure on after area, thus reducing power necessary to turn rudder. Shearing stress on stock is increased, but torsional stress is decreased.

Balance Lug. Lugsail with foot laced to a boom that project forward of mast. Handy rig for small boats in fairly smooth waters, as boom remains on same side of mast on either tack.

Balances. Constellation of Libra. (Libra is Latin for Scales).

Balance Reef. Diagonal reef in spanker. Runs from peak earing to tack, so making sail triangular when reefed.

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