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backstay

[′bak‚stā]
(engineering)
A supporting cable that prevents a more or less vertical object from falling forward.
A spring used to keep together the cutting edges of purchase shears.
A rod that runs from either end of a carriage's rear axle to the reach.
A leather strip that covers and strengthens a shoe's back seam.
(graphic arts)
A rope or strap that keeps the carriage of a hand printing press from moving too far forward.
(naval architecture)
A rope, wire, or cable that runs from the top of a mast to the side of a ship and slants a little aft.
(textiles)
A bar having a glass rod on its top that runs across a loom beneath the lowest motion of the warp yarns.
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Miscellaneous steel items: Handrails (straight and stair), ladders (with and without safety cages), gratings, chequered plates, stair and stair tread backstay holders and electrostatic precipitator components, skids and ducts.
I left off, gentlemen, where the Lakeman shook the backstay.
A two-spreader Southern Spars carbon mast carries a square-headed North mainsail, twin running backstays, and a large asymmetric spinnaker is flown from a fixed carbon bowsprit (removable for transport).
The rig is alloy as standard with a carbon option and is supported by twin (adjustable) backstays and outboard shrouds.
B&G electronics and push-button hydraulic controls are logically arranged and close at hand, whilst the main sheet traveller and hydraulic Harken 990's for the running backstays are located aft of the helm positions.
At sea I found plenty of space behind the grinding crew to trim the running backstays and Kirby has been happy with the layout.
My position was nothing particularly demanding (setting the running backstays on each tack) and it didn't draw on what I considered to be my extensive knowledge of racing tactics (no one asked me anything), but I was part of a crew