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I have not been able to find out what a "jib stop" is, what it does and how it is used.  The only place I see it is on the set of drawings (not in the instructions) and only in this one place. 

This is a MS Bluenose kit build.  Anyone have any insights?


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Hi there;


Could it be a fixed length rope to prevent the jib being hauled out beyond a certain point when it was being set?


All the best,


Mark P

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Glad to meet you.  What is your name? 


Hope this helps.  It is from Chapelles American Fishing Schooners, page 381.



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When sail is taken in the headsails are folded as neatly as possible, like an accordion along the top of the spar and then they are lashed in place by passing those "Jib stops" once around the bundle of sail and tied with a reef knot. The stops just hang beneath the bowsprit or jibboom when the sail is set. They are only long enough to pass over the top of the bundled sail and have a knot. They are spaced about four feet apart from each other along the spar for the length taken by the furled sail.




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For what it's worth, here is an image of my Bluenose bowsprit with the jib stops rigged.  The knots that keep them in place can be seen in this photo.  Hope this helps





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