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Spars (here two yards and a bridle rig ) of a full ship

Any kind of round wood is called a spar in the sailor's language .

Examples of spars in the rigging of a sailing ship are Rahe , gaff , tree , bowsprit , jib boom , topmast etc. They often serve to attach the sail and recording the force acting on the sails wind forces. On modern sailing ships or yachts , spars are made of different materials; for example made of aluminum or CFRP .

As a navigation mark, they appear both as spar barrels and as individual poles on firm ground. Furthermore, the spar gave its name to the spar torpedoes .


  • Conteradmiral Freiherr von Sterneck, rigging and anchor customer, Imperial-Royal Court and State Printing Office, Vienna, 1873, page 113
  • Heinrich von Littrow, Manual of Seamanship, Carl Gerold's Sohn printing works, Vienna 1859, page 36

Individual evidence

  1. Spar. Retrieved October 16, 2017 .