|VANE||A fly worn at the mast-head, made of feathers or buntine, traversing on a spindle, to show the direction of the wind. (See DOG VANE.)|
|VANG||A rope leading from the peak of the gaff of a fore-and-aft sail to the rail on each side, and used for steadying the gaff.|
|VAST||[written 'VAST; changed to alphabetize] See AVAST.|
|VEER||Said of the wind when it changes. Also, to slack a cable and
let it run out. (See PAY.)
To veer and haul, is to haul and slack alternately on a rope, as in warping, until the vessel or boat gets headway.
|VIOL or VOYAL||A larger messenger sometimes used in weighing an anchor by a capstan. Also, the block through which the messenger passes.|