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When to serve and when to seize?

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A service (worming, parcelling, and serving) is applied to a line to resist damage to the line from rubbing and chafing.  You would normally find parts of the standing rigging served over (for example: the upper portion of the shrouds and stays where they pass around the masthead, collars for stays and bob stays)


A seizing joins two ropes together or part of a rope to itself and can be found everywhere in the rigging.

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