Sailor Speak of the Week – Rig

Definition

Noun

  • The generic term for the spar and sail arrangement on a boat or ship.

Verb

  • To equip a vessel with sails, spars, and related gear.
  • To set any gear/equipment in a state of readiness for a specific purpose.

Origin

15th century. From Old Norse rigge, meaning to arrange or prepare.

Comments

You’ll often hear boats referred to by what type of rigging they have. For example, many modern sailboats use a Bermuda Rig AKA Marconi Rig. As a verb, you’ll often hear commands along the lines of “rig the ____!”

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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