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Nautical Terms

  

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JACOB'S LADDER rope or line ladder
JACK Knowledge or a friend of ours'.  With "Union", the British flag.
JACK LINE Lines that running along the deck between the bow and stern used to attach a safety harness tether
JACKSTAY 1 : an iron rod, wooden bar or wire rope along a yard of a ship to which the sails are fastened
2 : a support of wood, iron, or rope running up a mast on which the loop or collar of a yard travels
JAM CLEAT A cleat with two teethed jaws that hold a line in place 
JAMING Particular method of taking a turn with a rope
JAWS Retractable levered fitting through which a line runs, ie., spinnaker pole jaws
JETTY A breakwater or other rabble built up to protect a harbor, anchorage or other area from the open seas
JIB A foresail, smaller than a genoa
JIFFY REEF A set of blocks on the boom and a line fed through eyes on the sail that allow the sail to be pulled down to the boom, i.e. reefed, with one line rather than by tying it down at the reef points.
JUMP (A LINE) To stand at the mast and pull down on a halyard as another crewmate winches it in
 
 
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