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Usually referred to as a "club jib," "self-tacking jib," or "self-tending jib," actually.  It is a jib bent to a boom hinged at the stemhead, and sometimes sheeted to a traveller or track, which permits tacking without casting off the working jib sheet on each tack and belaying the other sheet on the opposite tack. The jib boom is what is sometimes referred to as a "club," owing to it's tendency to give the inattentive sailor a good whack if he doesn't stand clear of it when the boat tacks. They are real labor-savers, but more popular on cruising boats than on racing boats, particularly those that may make frequent headsail changes.


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Edited by Bob Cleek
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