Definition of fairlead in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛːliːd


  • A ring mounted on a boat to guide a rope, keeping it clear of obstructions and preventing it from cutting or chafing.
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    • As your boat veers, will your lines, bow-roller, cleats and fairleads stay in place under thousands of pounds of athwartship load?
    • Towards the edge of the deck are a pair of mooring bollards and a fairlead.
    • For example, a hoop-shaped piece of metal fastened to the deck (picture an upside-down ‘U’) is a fairlead if you use it to guide a line running through it.

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