from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A device such as a ring or block of wood with a hole in it through which rigging is passed to hold it in place or prevent it from snagging or chafing.

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  • n. A device to guide a line, rope or cable around an object or out of the way, or to stop it from moving laterally

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  • n. a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing


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fair +‎ lead


  • The knot will keep the line from pulling through the turning block or fairlead.

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  • And how the shape of the jib sails affected by halyard tension, sheet tension and fairlead position.

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  • Significant awards during the quarter included connector orders for Petrobras' Papa Terra TLP project and fairlead orders for Chevron's Jack/St. Malo project.

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  • In a section called upperworks, a term unfamiliar to me, a chock is called a fairlead, the function of a hank is not clear, nor is that of a turnbuckle, and what we on the East Coast call a jam cleat is identified as a "clam cleat."

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