• Français English Español
  • Euros £ Pounds Dollars

Downwind sail

  • Symmetrical spinnaker
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker

Out of use sail

Mainsail cover, headsail cover, sailboat covers, indoor textil products, masts and spars.

  • Downwind furlers

Deck and sail hardware

  • Boat blocks
  • Clutches and cams
  • Rigging screws and chainplates
  • Used eye straps and cleats
  • Other parts

Ropes and wires

  • Amarrage et mouillage

Options and accessories

Flea market.

  • Log in / signup


Second hand sailboat booms, bôme z spars, tête de mât z spars, bôme canoê sparcraft aluminium, garcia exploration 52, bôme sparcraft.

Rigging - Turnbuckles , Toggles , Wire & Rod Components, Norseman Cones & Fittings.

Furling Systems - Systems and replacement parts from a variety of Manufacturers.

Traveller Systems - Adjustable Track Systems for Mainsheet and other applications.

Sailboat Hardware - Rope Clutches, Blocks, Track & Fittings, Winches, etc.

Custom Parts - Custom items, or those out of production or otherwise unavailable.

Consultation - Special projects, research, or information not detailed on-site.

Copyright   1996 - 2024,  Rig-Rite, Inc.        Disclaimer          Web Site maintained by The WATER Group

  • Types of Sailboats
  • Parts of a Sailboat
  • Cruising Boats
  • Small Sailboats
  • Design Basics
  • Sailboats under 30'
  • Sailboats 30'-35
  • Sailboats 35'-40'
  • Sailboats 40'-45'
  • Sailboats 45'-50'
  • Sailboats 50'-55'
  • Sailboats over 55'
  • Masts & Spars
  • Knots, Bends & Hitches
  • The 12v Energy Equation
  • Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Build Your Own Boat
  • Buying a Used Boat
  • Choosing Accessories
  • Living on a Boat
  • Cruising Offshore
  • Sailing in the Caribbean
  • Anchoring Skills
  • Sailing Authors & Their Writings
  • Mary's Journal
  • Nautical Terms
  • Cruising Sailboats for Sale
  • List your Boat for Sale Here!

Used Sailing Equipment for Sale

  • Sell Your Unwanted Gear
  • Sailing eBooks: Download them here!
  • Your Sailboats
  • Your Sailing Stories
  • Your Fishing Stories
  • Advertising
  • What's New?
  • Chartering a Sailboat

If you're looking for used sailing equipment for sale, here's where to find it! Just a few points first though:

1. Please contact the seller directly  - not  Sailboat-Cruising.com . We play no part in the transaction - we've done our bit in getting the two of you together!

2. Remember 'Caveat Emptor'!  Which is a Latin phrase with important legal significance -  'Let the buyer beware'!

3. Sailboat-Cruising.com  must make a disclaimer at this point, in as much as this is a free service intended solely to put a seller and a potential buyer in contact.  Sailboat-Cruising.com  accepts no liability whatsoever in connection with this free service.

Used Sailing Equipment for Sale (latest listing first):

But if you're looking to sell used boating accessories rather than browse through the list of used sailing equipment, Sellers - click here...

Otherwise, here's the current list of used sailing equipment for sale, newest submissions at the top:

Raymarine Autopilot Linear Drive

  • Seller:  Fred Guptill
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Date:  March 24


Raymarine 12 Volt Type 2 autopilot linear drive. Refurbished. Good working order. Very powerful below-decks autopilot drive unit. For boats up to 44,000 lb displacement. This drive moves the rudder directly by attaching to the Rudder Quadrant or Tiller Arm. Powerful thrust, fast hard-over time and quiet operation. Low backdrive force minimizes the effect on the boat’s steering when the autopilot is in standby.

  • Peak thrust: 480 kg (1,050 lb)
  • Maximum stroke: 400 mm (16")
  • Maximum rudder torque: 14,700 in-lb

This unit was installed in my 36 foot sailboat. It performed flawlessly for 20,000+ sea miles. I had to replace it because a fitting broke. The fitting has since been repaired, so now this unit is surplus to my needs.

Asking C$1100. These drives sell for C$3,000 new.

Lewmar Rotary Sprocket Drive

  • Seller:  Wayne Macfarlane
  • Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Lewmar electric sprocket drive

I have an unused spare Lewmar 89300002 Rotary 1- 4hp 12V 5-8P 9T electric drive motor that would be controlled by the auto pilot for sale. It was purchased brand new and never used or installed, it is still in it's original box. This is the website for the unit https://www.lewmar.com/content/rotary-sprocket-drives.

Burke - Bosuns Chair

  • Seller:  Rob
  • Location: Menai, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date:  February 24

Bosun's Chair for sale

Designed for working the mast while underway. The sit-in design offers good support, maneuverability and maximum comfort. Side storage bag, tool holder, padded timber seat, crutch strap, adjustable waist strap. Pick up Menai 2234 Mobile: 0404766679

Cape Horn Windvane Self-Steering System

  • Seller:  Helen
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia

Cape Horn selfsteering for sale

Model: Spray.

Suitable for >40 foot sailing yachts.

Installed on our 44 foot yacht for approx. 2 years and was then uninstalled. Includes extra length horizontal axle and collar adaptor. All parts in excellent condition. 

Please see website for Cape Horn windvane steering systems for full details on installation and how they work. Sailing forums review this system very highly.

AUD $3,500 plus shipping from Brisbane, Australia

Battery Bank 900 Ah

  • Seller:  Stefano
  • Location: Greece

Battery Bank for Sale

I am replacing my lead acid "TRACTION" battery bank with lithium, so this bank is now for sale.

It consists of 12x 2V, 450Ah 'Traction' batteries, designed for daily discharge on forklifts. Not your usual lead battery for sure!

I have it connected 6 in series to get 2 banks of 12V, 450Ah, then connected the 2 in parallel to get 900Ah at 12V. They could be connected all in series to get 450Ah at 24V.

They also come with an automatic Hydration kit that automatically fills all cells with fresh water when needed and a glassed plywood box if required.

The boat is near Athens, so you can either pick up directly there or I can arrange shipping in Europe if you want to negotiate the cost...

Wichard Gyb'Easy Boom Brake

  • Seller:  Ellen
  • Location: East Hampton, NY, USA
  • Date:  January 24

Brand new (still packaged), never used BOOM BRAKE.

Retails for $450. Offered at $120.

Watt & Sea Hydrogenerator

  • Seller:  Glen Shee
  • Location: Florida, USA

Watt & Sea hydrogenerator for sale

New Watt & Sea 600W short leg (610mm) with 4 propellers (280mm/240mm/200mm/high-speed adjustable pitch). Equipment has been used for 2 hours only (I temporarily mounted to my F-27 to measure the output; needed the data for a research project). Output @ 10 knots measured at 40 amps. Cost to buy new: over $8,000. Offered at $4,000. In original box. Location: Florida

Fleming Windvane Self-Steering Gear

  • Seller:  Dolores
  • Location: Gardena, Los Angeles Area, CA, USA

Fleming windvane self-steering gear for sale

Wind Vane Steering Pilot, Self Steering, Built by Fleming. 

Early model, used for 12 ton sailboat.

Includes mounting hardware, but not rods.

Only used on tiller, does not include reel that mounts to steering wheel.

Stainless Steel.

Sell as is.

In person sale only.

Spinlock XTS/2 Double Rope Clutch

  • Seller:  Laura
  • Location: Palm Coast, Florida
  • Date:  December 2023

Spinlock XTS/2 Double Rope Clutch

New in box - Spinlock XTS/2 Double Rope Clutch for lines 5/16" - 9/16" (8mm - 14mm) XTS0814/2

The Spinlock Double XTS Power Clutch is specified as standard equipment on production yachts worldwide and the choice of racing yachts inshore and offshore. This clutch provides reliable all around performance and is designed for mid to higher load line holding.


Rope Range - 8mm - 14mm (5/16" - 9/16") Load - 500kg - 1000kg (1103lb - 2200lb) Max SWL - 1000kg (2200lb) Weight - 1.05kg (2.31lb)

We bought it for our sailboat 38ft Wauquiez Hood, but sold the boat before fitting the Spinlock.

Scanmar International Windvane Self-Steering Gear

  • Seller:  Patti Navilio
  • Location: Saint Thomas, USVI
  • Date:  November 2023

We bought a 2001 Island Packet. The original owners did transatlantic trips from the Virgin Islands to the Mediterranean. We will only be doing local sailing so do not want to store it. I am willing to sell for any reasonable offer.

Barient Winches

  • Seller:  Chris Armbruster
  • Location: Fenton, Michigan, USA

Barient Winches for Sale

3 Barient Winches for $100 or best offer.

Great condition.

At least one is a two speed.

Winches are from a old CNC sailboat that we don't have anymore so no need for these.

Made in the USA.

Price does not include shipping.

Marine Satellite TV

Marine Satellite TV

  • Seller:  Jacob Albano
  • Location: Valencia, Spain

I have a KVH TracVision TV6 Marine Satellite TV that was installed on my boat but never used or activated. We do not not need the satellite TV since we have other services for TV on the boat. Mount and TV Hub included with the sale.

Andersen & Barient Winches

  • Seller:  Stacie Hosier
  • Date:  October 2023

Andersen & Barient Winch

Barient 21 winch, $125 plus $25 shipping.

Andersen 10 winch, $50 plus $20 shipping.

20hp Yanmar 2GM20F Diesel

  • Seller:  ???????
  • Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Norfolk, Virginia

1988 Yanmar 2GM Diesel Asking $3000 20hp 2 to 1 gear New exhaust manifold/elbow 870 hours ***New Yanmar control panel coming*** Very good condition Pick-up Only Location: Norfolk, Virginia Serious Inquiries ONLY contact (757)320-8265

Watt & Sea Cruising Hydrogenerator Tall Leg

  • Seller:  Philippe
  • Location: Redwood City, CA, USA

Hydrogenerator leg for sale

This is a never used long leg for a Watt & Sea cruising hydrogenerator. I purchased it from another sailor who never installed it and converted to a short leg. These are listed for 400 Euros. I'm listing it for $200 (USD) plus shipping. Or make me an offer, please.

Also listed is a Watt & Sea cruising hydrogenerator removable support. This was used for demo'ing Watt and Sea cruising hydrogenerators. Listing for $400 USD, here offered at $200 plus shipping or make me an offer please. 

45lb CQR Anchor & 50m of 10mm Galvainised Chain

45lb CQR Anchor & 50 mtrs of 10mm galvainised chain

  • Seller:  Mark Sykes
  • Location: West Yorkshire, UK

45lb CQR anchor for sale plus 50 meters of 10mm galvanised chain in excellent condition.

May deliver if close enough for a small fee to West Yorkshire area or between Wakefield & Hartlepool otherwise collection, or postage costs will have to be added. 

Gill Mens XL Offshore Foul Weather Jacket and Bibs

Gill Foul Weather Gear for sale

  • Seller:  Harry DeBold
  • Location: Ohio USA

Foul weather jacket and bibs

Gill Offshore yellow and blue color, like new, size XL.

Current West Marine price $375 each for jacket or bibs.

Yanmar Diesel Fuel Filters

  • Seller:  Jeff Conn
  • Location: Baton Rouge, LA USA

Four (4) Yanmar Diesel fuel filters.

Yanmar Part Number 119802-55801.

In boxes and membrane coverings.

Asking $80 and buyer pays for shipping.

Luff Hanked Dacron Staysail

5.5-8 oz Dacron 71 sq.ft. luff-hanked high clewed staysail.

  • Luff 20' 04",
  • Leech 17' 07",
  • Foot 8' 05".
  • 3' tack pendent.

Unused, asking $300, buyer pays for shipping.

27' Aluminium Mast & Whisker Pole 

  • Seller:  Cheryl
  • Location: Madeira Beach, Florida, USA

27' mast, whisker pole and 3 sails - $100 or best offer,

Call 727-317-7716 (Leave message if no answer).

Winch Handles

  • Seller:  Anthony C Giaccio
  • Location: Wayne, New Jersey, USA

Winch Handles for sale

1 Barlow and 1 Barient chrome-plated 10-inch Australian winch handles are for sale.

They were used on a 38-foot sloop and are in excellent condition.

They have ratcheting and locking features.

The value of these handles when new was $152, but the seller is willing to accept the best offer over $51.

Monitor Windvane Self-Steering Gear

  • Seller:  Demnislake
  • Location: Lakeport, California USA
  • Date:  August 2023

Monitor Windvane for sale

Monitor windvane complete, 316 stainless steel with wheel adapter.

Asking $2,500

Miscellaneous Marine Equipment

  • Seller:  Alex
  • Location: Miami, Florida USA

Miscellaneous Marine Equipment

Anchors, Line, chain, outboard motor mount, SS ladder etc

Spinlock Deckvest 150N Lifejacket Harness

  • Seller:  Terry Moore
  • Location: Islesboro, Maine USA

Spinlock Deckvest

I have two Spinlock Deckvest 150 Lifejackets. One is a size 1, the other is a size 2. Both are in Like New condition. I am happy to sell them separately, or as a pair. Price is $275 for one, $250 each if you want both.

I also have two Kong Double elastic tethers from West Marine. They are both in Like New condition. I will sell one for $75, or both for $100.

New Harken Triple Block

  • Seller:  Mike de Martimo
  • Location: Oxnard, California, USA
  • Date:  July 2023

Harken Triple Block

I bought the wrong block and have a new Harken 1556 block for sale.

1/2" Galvanised Turnbuckles

  • Seller:  David Snyder
  • Location: Rushville, Illinois, USA

1/2" galvanized turnbuckles, like new $40/pair.

35 lb CQR Anchor

  • Seller:  Roger Cook
  • Location: Alexandria, Virginia, USA

35 lb CQR anchor for sale. Like new, never used. Price: $300. (Note: new CQR at West Marine lists for $795)

Airmar DST810 Speed Transducer

  • Seller:  James Burdett
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada

Airmar DST810 Speed transducer for sale

This plastic thru-hull NMEA 2000® smart transducer combines precise speed and temperature signals with attitude sensing for heel/trim and pitch/roll data.

This is a new unit but DEPTH reading is inoperative, speed and temperature reading are perfect.

Comes complete with through-hull fitting and blanking plug.

Raymarine SeaTalk to SeaTalkNG Converter Kit

Raymarine SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter Kit for sale

All the necessary components to interface most SeaTalk1 devices to a Raymarine SeaTalkNG network.

Used to interface SeaTalk connectors found on ST40 and ST60+ sailboat instruments with newer SeaTalk NG networks.

$200 on Binnacle

West Marine Boat Buffer

West Marine Boat Buffer for sale

Boat buffer/polisher with bonnet and case.

Good working order

Asking CAD $50 (USD $40, GBP £30)

Yanmar 3GM30 Exhaust Elbow

Exhaust elbow for sale

Straight OEM Yanmar exhaust mixing elbow for Yanmar 3GM30 marine diesel.

Perfect condition, ZERO corrosion as never used with salt water.

Part number 128370-1355. Retails new at USD $690

Asking Canadian Dollars $200 (USD $150, GBP £120)

TackTick Tactical Racing Compass

  • Seller:  Chris
  • Location: Downingtown, PA USA

TackTick Tactical Racing Compass for sale

This is a brand new never used tacktick microcompass with case, cradle, and all documentation in original packaging. Never used and fully functional. Can be used to display heading, tactical heading (for wind shift detection), and countdown timer (for race starts). Solar powered with internal rechargeable battery. Great instrument for racing, knowing immediately if wind shift is backing or veering. Paid $350, they now sell online for more than $600. Selling for $200 + shipping. Cash or Venmo.

Imray Paper Charts

  • Seller:  Rosie Featherstone
  • Location: Leicestershire UK

Vital backup paper charts to support cruises in the Channel, South Coast of England, France, Channel Islands and Northern Spain.

Imray paper charts prove invaluable when passage planning and passage making and are essential backup if the electronics go down.

We found it very difficult to create passage plans using electronics only as the details vary as the scales change.

We have decided to sell our beloved Malo so have the following used charts for sale as a set or individually.

  • Imray 1:825000. C19. Cabo Finistère to Gibraltar
  • Imray. 1:400000. C10. West English Channel passage chart
  • Imray. 1;115000. C8. Dover Strait
  • Imray. 1;300000. C12. Easter English Channel
  • Imray. 1:400000. C10. Western English’s Channel passage chart
  • Imray 1;350000. C48. La Coruna to Porto
  • Imray. 1:80000. C36. Île d Ouessant to Rax de Sein
  • Imray. 1;80000. C37. Raz de Sein to Benidet
  • Imray. 1;80000. C38. Anse de Benodet to Presque île de Quiberon
  • Imray. 1;127000. C42. La Gironde
  • Imray. 1;109400. C41. Les Sables d Olonne to La Gironde
  • Imray 1;109000. C40 Le Croisic to Sables d Olonne

Charts are all used but not torn and are in protective plastic wallets. All are in good condition. £5 per chart plus postage and packing. £50 for the set plus postage and packing.

Lotus Analin Boat Fenders

  • Seller:  Robert
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • Date:  June 2023

Dock fenders for sale

Lotus analin 4 ribbed marine 8.5”x 27” boat fender black vinyl bumper dock shield protection new in box.

Various Items of Sailing Gear & Equipment

  • Seller:  Glenn
  • Location: Plymouth, MA, USA

Dyer Dow Sailing Dinghy; Davis Echomaster Radar Reflector; Sailboat Console Cup Holder; MOB Pole; Ibas Emergency Ladder; Fortress FX 37 Anchor; Boat Fender; Lifesling; Bosuns Chair; Harnesses and Jackline; West Marine 7x50 Binoculars; Davis Mark 25 Beam Converger Sextant; Icom SSB IC-M700 with AT-120 Antenna; Guest Anchor Light; 1/2" Anchor Line:-

  • 250' of 1/2" Anchor Line Tagged in 50' Increments;
  • 48' of 1/4" Diameter Anchor Chain;

Class B EPIRB Model ACR/RLB-21; Outboard Motor Mount for 1" Rails.

Mast & Standing Rigging (from Oyster 54)

  • Seller:  Andy Dickson
  • Location:  Henley on Thames, South Oxfordshire, UK
  • Date:  May 2023

Mast for Oyster 54

I have just converted to in-mast furling rig to simplify our Oyster 54 for 2 handed sailing.

The mast I removed is for sale including 4 spreaders and mast step, standing rigging, battened mainsail and sailbag.

This would suit anyone building/refurbishing a 50+ ft yacht. All equipment is in fully functional working order and very good condition.

All items are same age, dating from first launch in 2011, so 12 years old.

All equipment currently held in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Sensible offers invited.

ENO "One Grand Large Gascogne" Boat Oven

  • Seller:  Robert W
  • Location:  Northamptonshire UK

EVO Oven for sale

ENO "One Grand Large Gascogne" Gimballed 2 burner, oven, no grill, no ignition.

Jets for Campingaz.

Excellent condition.

Measurements: 467 H x 504 W x 244 D.

Revere Offshore Liferaft

  • Seller:  Peter Helmetag
  • Location: Riverside, Rhode Island, USA

Revere Offshore Liferaft for sale

Revere 4 Person Off-Shore Life Raft

Recently Re-packed by Life Raft Safety

Expires 1/26 - see invoice for details

Soft Valise

Crewsaver 6-Person Liferaft

  • Seller:  Nick Rapagnani
  • Location: New Jersey, USA
  • Date:  April 2023

Crewsaver 6-Person Liferaft

Crewsaver ISO 9650-1 Ocean Life Raft - 6 Person - Over 24 Hours.

Next Inspection date May 2021. Needs recertification by Authorized Crewsaver service center. Sold AS-IS.

Selling at half price of new.

Like New Condition, never deployed. Just needs recertification.

Asking $1,400 plus shipping.

Lewmar 43ST Winches

Lewmar 43ST Winches

  • Seller:  Keith
  • Location:  Sarasota, Florida USA

These Lewmar 43 self-tailers have aluminum drums, are fully cleaned, lubed and ready to install. 6.5" bases.

Asking $1,500 for both + shipping

941-504-1215 - leave message for call back

Operator Manuals for Universal Engines

Engine manual for sale

  • Seller:  Thom
  • Location: Center Conway, NH USA

Full Service, Parts List and Operators Manuals for Universal M-25XPB, M-35B, M-40B engines. We've repowered so no longer need. Fully Detailed.

  • Service Manual 109 pages
  • Parts List 56 pages
  • Operators Manual 157 pages

in one binder

Rutland Windcharger

  • Seller:  Mike Smith
  • Location: Wells, Somerset, UK

Rutland Windcharger-Model 910-12v

NEW, never been assembled

Asking £500

Gill Yachting Boots

Gill tall yachting boots (blue) EU size 42 - AS NEW

Helly Hanson Thermal Pants

Helly Hanson Hi-Vis thermal/orange pants C48-W33/L32 Detachable braces and hanging pockets Asking £55

AIS Class B & Chartplotter Xinuo HM-5912N

  • Seller:  Marco Keller
  • Location: La Manga del Mar Menor, España

12.1" Colour LCD Display Built In AIS Transponder (VHF Antenna Required) External GPS Antenna 800x600 Resolution 6 Display Modes Memory: 10,000 Waypoints, 200 Routes, 10,000 Marks C-MAP MAX Compatible Interface: 1 x AIS Output Port, 2 x NMEA 0183 Outputs, 3 x NMEA0183 Inputs (Baud rate can be set independently) Power: 12-36vDC

Asking €525

Davis Echomaster Radar Reflector

Davis Echomaster Radar reflector for sale

  • Seller:  Andrew Mason
  • Location: Auburn Alabama, USA
  • Date:  March 2023

Slightly used, but appears brand new.

Side-Power Thruster Upgrade Kit

Side Thruster

  • Seller:  Peter
  • Location: Fort Denaud, Florida, USA

Side-Power Propeller Upgrade Kit SE80/100

Fits SP75-95

New in box with 2 props, all hardware, adapters and zincs.

I've sold my boat have no use for this as it was aboard for spare

Taylor Made Dock Box

  • Seller:  Dave
  • Location: Ashland, Kentucky, USA

Dock Box for sale

Taylor Made fiberglass dock box. Purchased from West Marine.

It measures 50" long, 18" wide, 23" deep.

Dock box is in excellent condition.

Not cracked, scratched or damaged. Always been cared for.

New ones of this size are selling for $699 and up.

Call me on 606-615-3659

Custom Synthetic Teak Decking for Beneteau 311, complete kit, NEW

  • Seller:  Zoltan Sachs
  • Location: Essex, Vermont, USA

For sale is a complete set of factory pre-cut synthetic teak decking for a Beneteau 311 sailboat. I bought it pre-cut and decided to instead replace the two sections that needed it. Paid $700. Looking to recover some of my cost. What's included:

  • Custom New York Style PlasDeck mat-Teak w/Black Lines
  • Off-White Sausage Glue, two tubes
  • Roller to rollout each piece evenly

All NEW, never used, direct from manufacturer. Will ship. Please inquire.

  • Location: Toronto, Canada

Barient winch for sale

2 Barient Self-Tailing Winches, Anodized Aluminum, size 27, in good condition.

Freshwater use only.

$500 Canadian, per unit, shipping not included.

1 Barient winch, size 18, in good condition. Fresh water use only.

$150 Canadian, per unit, shipping not included.

Lewmar Electric Anchor Windlass

Lewmar Electric Anchor Windlass

Lewmar Electric Anchor Windlass, 12 V, Gypsy and Drum, Model H2.

Never used or installed.

Manual and all installation materials included.

Gill Foul Weather Gear

  • Seller:  John
  • Location: Seattle, USA

Gill foul weather gear

Gill foul weather gear: bib and jacket. Both men's large size.

Like new. Never worn. 

Lofran Windlass Royal 8mm

  • Seller:  Jeannette
  • Location: Stock Island, Florida Keys, USA

Lofrans Windlass for sale

Like new. Minimal use.

Located on Stock Island, Florida Keys.

MAXX 700 Watt DC to AC Inverter

  • Seller:  Dennis Woods
  • Location: Canton, Michigan, USA

Inverter for sale

This is a 700 Watt Marine inverter. It tops out at 1400 Watts. It is corrosion and vibration resistant, and is built by VECTOE.

IT HAS NEVER BEEN USED! The little digs in the paint are from being moved around my basement for some years. It has three plugs. My name is Dennis Woods. I live in Canto Michigan, between Detroit and Ann Arbor. 

Recent Articles


Live Aboard Boats For Sale

Mar 30, 24 07:02 PM

A Beneteau Oceanis 43 for Sale

Mar 30, 24 06:01 PM

'Hitchcock', an RM1260 Sailboat for Sale

Mar 27, 24 09:53 AM

Here's where to:

  • Find  Used Sailboats for Sale...
  • Find Used Sailing Gear for Sale...
  • List your Sailboat for Sale...
  • List your Used Sailing Gear...

Our eBooks...

Collage of eBooks related to sailing

A few of our Most Popular Pages...

Boat anchoring technique

Copyright © 2024  Dick McClary  Sailboat-Cruising.com

Web Analytics

Sail Exchange

  • Parts & Rigging
  • Accessories
  • Shipping & Delivery
  • Sail Now - Pay Later
  • Want 10% off a New Build Sail?
  • Sell Your Sail

Your Cart is Empty

  • $0.00 Subtotal
  • Used Mainsails
  • Used RFG Roller Furling Genoas
  • Used RFJ Roller Furling Jibs
  • Used Genoas
  • Used Asymmetrical Spinnakers
  • Used Symmetrical Spinnakers
  • Used Code 0
  • Used Storm Jibs
  • Used Storm Trysail
  • New Mainsails
  • New Roller Furling Genoas (RFG)
  • New Roller Furling Jibs (RFJ)
  • New Symmetrical Spinnakers
  • New Asymmetrical Spinnakers
  • New Furling Asymmetrical Spinnakers
  • New Storm Jibs
  • New Storm Trysail
  • All Windsurfer Sails
  • IBF: In Boom Furling
  • IMF: In Mast Furling
  • Genoa Staysails
  • Spinnaker Staysails
  • Windseeker Sails
  • One Design Sails
  • One Design: Etchells 22
  • One Design: Dragon
  • One Design: Sydney 32
  • One Design: Sydney 36
  • One Design: Sydney 38
  • One Design: MC38
  • One Design: Farr 40
  • One Design: DK46
  • One Design: TP52
  • One Design: Farr 400
  • Headsail Hardware
  • Headsail Foil Tape
  • Headsail Batten Parts
  • Mainsail Hardware
  • Slugs And Slides
  • Slide Shackles
  • Mainsail Bolt Rope
  • Mainsail Batten Parts
  • New Hardware
  • Blocks Small Boat
  • Blocks Midrange
  • Blocks Big Boat
  • Complementary Hardware
  • Deck Organisers
  • Friction Ring
  • Furlers Free Flying
  • Furling Headsail
  • Headsail foils
  • New Hardware Cont...
  • Lifeline Hooks
  • Mainsail Handling
  • Maintenance
  • Mooring Solutions
  • Rigging Adjusters
  • Rope Clutches
  • Snap Shackles
  • Snatch Blocks
  • Soft Block Attachments
  • Spare Parts
  • Swivel Shackles
  • Tiller Extensions
  • Travelers & Genoa Leads
  • Winch Handles
  • Used Hardware
  • Track Systems
  • Used Furlers
  • Used Winches
  • Miscellaneous Used Hardware
  • Used Electronics
  • New Spinnaker Poles
  • Used Spinnaker Poles
  • New Rigging
  • Used Cables
  • Used Running Rigging
  • Rigging Accessories
  • Code Zero Thimbles
  • Anti Torque Cables
  • Top Down Connectors
  • Used Boat Parts
  • Used Engines
  • New & Used Safety Gear
  • MOB Recovery Equipment
  • Life Jacket Inflatable
  • Life Jacket Vest
  • Safety Lights
  • Life Raft New For Sale
  • Life Raft Used For Sale
  • Safety Rental
  • Life Raft Rental - Weekly
  • Storm Sail Rental - Weekly

used sailboat boom

  • New Sail Bags
  • New Draw String Round Bags
  • New Sausage Bags
  • New Spinnaker Box Bags
  • New Spinnaker Snuffer
  • New Turtle Bags
  • Used Sail Bags
  • Used Draw String Round Bags
  • Used Sausage Bags
  • Used Spinnaker Box Bags
  • Used Spinnaker Snuffers
  • Used Turtle Bags
  • Used Spinnaker Zip Turtles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Sail Numbers
  • Used Canvas
  • Boom Covers
  • Lazy Jack Boom Bags (New & Used)

used sailboat boom

$19,990.00 $49,500.00

Stay in touch

You'll be the first to find out about any Bargain stock that hits our warehouse via Newsletter


What is a Sailboat Boom?

What is a Sailboat Boom? | Life of Sailing

Last Updated by

Daniel Wade

June 15, 2022

A sailboat boom is a prominent horizontal spar extending from the base of the mast. The base of the sail attaches to the boom.

The boom is an essential sailboat part. It supports the base of the sail and swings from side to side. Sailors use the boom to control the trim of the mainsail. Among other things, the boom can be used to increase or decrease the speed of the boat.

Table of contents

How does a Sailboat Boom Work?

On a sailboat, the boom is attached to the lower part of the mast. It's connected using a set of links, a swivel, or a gooseneck allowing it to move freely in all directions. While under sail, the boom is rigged to move side to side.

The bottom portion of the mainsail, which is called the foot, mounts lengthwise to the boom. This allows the boom to control the lateral position of the mainsail.

What are Sailboat Booms Made Of?

Most modern fiberglass sailboat booms are made of aluminum. Hollow aluminum booms are strong, affordable, and relatively lightweight. Early sailing vessels used spruce and other strong woods. Traditional wooden booms require frequent maintenance, but they're strong and proven.

High-end vessels and racing sailboats sometimes use carbon fiber booms. Carbon fiber is strong and extremely light, and it makes an excellent boom material. Fiberglass booms are common on smaller sailboats, though aluminum is the most prevalent boom material.

Why is it called the "Boom?"

The origins of the term "boom" in the sailing world are unclear. Some people speculate that the word came from the early use of Lateen rigs in the middle east, while others attribute the term to colloquial sailor-talk.

Nonetheless, "boom" is a fitting name. An easy way to remember the boom is to picture what happens when you quickly shift heading and forget to move your head out of the way. The boom swings to the other side with the full force of the wind and gives you a nice tap on the head.

Does Every Sailboat have a Boom?

Not all sailboats use a boom. In fact, the simplest sailing craft does away with the boom entirely. One modern example of a boomless sailboat rig is the Ljungström rig, which was designed by Fredrik Ljungström around 1945.

This simple rig uses two triangular mainsails tied together at the luff and trimmed by a single piece of rope in each corner. Many ancient rigs did without the boom and relied on a single top-mounted spar instead.

Why do Most Sailboats Have Booms?

The boom greatly increases the precision with which you can trim the sail. It provides support and 'draws in' the power of the sail and makes tight windward sailing much easier. If the boom wasn't a significantly useful development, it wouldn't be so common.

Sailboat Boom Parts

The boom on a typical sailboat is a straightforward component. That said, the boom is made up of a few important parts that you'll need to know. Here are a few of the parts found on and connected to the boom.

The foremost part of the boom is the gooseneck, which connects the boom to the mast. The gooseneck allows the boom to move up, down, and side to side.

Beneath the boom is the vang, which facilitates the downward force necessary to keep the sail from pulling the boom up the mast. It's a counterforce. Most sailboat boom vang systems use lines and pulleys. However, some vessels use a solid bar vang.

The mainsheet and its accompanying rigging attach to the bottom of the boom forward of the vang. The mainsheet controls the lateral movement and the trim of the sail.

The boom sometimes has reef lines attached to it, which allow you to tie up excess sail material after reefing. Reefing lines on older and simpler sailboats must be tied up individually after reefing.

Topping Lift

A topping lift keeps the boom level when the main halyard and the sail are loosened. Topping lifts are not found on all sailboats, but they're becoming more common each year.

Attaching the Mainsail to the Boom

A sailboat boom has hardware for attaching the foot of the mainsail. The type of hardware depends on the boat, and systems range from simple and manual to complex and automated.

Generally speaking, there are two ways to attach the mainsail to the boom. The 'loose-footed' boom design is the simplest and only ties down the sail at the corner tack and clew. The second method attaches the entire foot of the sail to the boom.

Controlling the Boom

There are two primary boom control lines on most sailboats. The first is the mainsheet, which controls how far the boom moves from side to side. The other is the outhaul, which connects to the clew, controlling the tension of the foot.

Furling Booms

Furling booms are yet another wonderful invention of the sailing community. These booms utilize an internal spindle for winding (or furling) the sail on-command.

Furling booms are useful for reefing the sail , as they eliminate the need for tying down excess material. Additionally, in-boom reefing systems offer a convenient way to stow the sail when necessary.

Electric furling booms are a new arrival to the high-end sailboat scene, but they're also available for retrofitting onto older vessels. When combined with electric winches, an electric furling boom can eliminate the need to go on deck when sailing.

These upgrades are common on large cruising vessels, as they allow you to control almost every aspect of your rigging without leaving the cockpit or interacting with any tack, cleats, winches, or lines.

Boom Maintenance

The boom is an essential part of sailboat rigging that must be properly maintained. The same goes for all the blocks, lines, winches, and cleats that work with the boom.

Aluminum Boom Maintenance

Aluminum booms require inspection and hardware maintenance. Galvanic corrosion can compromise the strength of the boom, and it's especially common in areas where hardware mounts to the metal. Aluminum booms can dent, deform, and bend under stress, so it's important to keep an eye out for kinks.

Wooden Boom Maintenance

Wooden spars require much more maintenance than aluminum, as wood is organic and sensitive to the sun, saltwater, and general weathering. Rotted spars are no good and must be replaced. Regular refinishing and coats of spar varnish can help prevent decay and keep the boom looking fantastic for decades.

Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber Boom Maintenance

Fiberglass and carbon fiber booms are low maintenance but still require inspection. Cracks, UV damage, and warping are common concerns with fiberglass booms in particular. Fiberglass is relatively easy to repair and may require gel coat touch-ups from time to time. Carbon fiber is tricky and costly, though initially stronger.

Boom Safety

Booms are one of the most common causes of injury aboard sailboats. All jokes aside, the boom can be pretty hazardous. The primary risk comes from head injuries, as the force of the wind can swing the boom with tremendous force. The boom can also shift on a dime, so it's essential to be cautious when moving around the cockpit.

In some cases, people standing on or around the boom have been knocked right off the boat by a sudden swing. The same force that causes a head injury can launch a fully grown adult right off the side and cause a perilous man overboard situation.

Keeping Passengers Safe around the Boom

Many sailing accidents occur because inexperienced passengers simply aren't aware of the boom, how it moves, and where it goes. The majority of these boom-related accidents can be avoided if everyone aboard follows a few simple rules.

First of all, ensure everyone wears a certified life jacket. Instruct passengers to always keep their heads clear of the boom and not to stand in an area where they could easily fall (or be flung) overboard. Use care when entering or exiting the cabin and when moving around the boom. Also, make sure everyone is seated and out of range of the boom when turning.

Related Articles

I've personally had thousands of questions about sailing and sailboats over the years. As I learn and experience sailing, and the community, I share the answers that work and make sense to me, here on Life of Sailing.

by this author

Sailboat Parts

Learn About Sailboats

Most Recent

What Does "Sailing By The Lee" Mean? | Life of Sailing

What Does "Sailing By The Lee" Mean?

October 3, 2023

The Best Sailing Schools And Programs: Reviews & Ratings | Life of Sailing

The Best Sailing Schools And Programs: Reviews & Ratings

September 26, 2023

Important Legal Info

Lifeofsailing.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Similar Posts

Affordable Sailboats You Can Build at Home | Life of Sailing

Affordable Sailboats You Can Build at Home

September 13, 2023

Best Small Sailboat Ornaments | Life of Sailing

Best Small Sailboat Ornaments

September 12, 2023

Discover the Magic of Hydrofoil Sailboats | Life of Sailing

Discover the Magic of Hydrofoil Sailboats

December 11, 2023

Popular Posts

Best Liveaboard Catamaran Sailboats | Life of Sailing

Best Liveaboard Catamaran Sailboats

December 28, 2023

Can a Novice Sail Around the World? | Life of Sailing

Can a Novice Sail Around the World?

Elizabeth O'Malley

Best Electric Outboard Motors | Life of Sailing

4 Best Electric Outboard Motors

How Long Did It Take The Vikings To Sail To England? | Life of Sailing

How Long Did It Take The Vikings To Sail To England?

10 Best Sailboat Brands | Life of Sailing

10 Best Sailboat Brands (And Why)

December 20, 2023

7 Best Places To Liveaboard A Sailboat | Life of Sailing

7 Best Places To Liveaboard A Sailboat

Get the best sailing content.

Top Rated Posts

Lifeofsailing.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. (866) 342-SAIL

© 2024 Life of Sailing Email: [email protected] Address: 11816 Inwood Rd #3024 Dallas, TX 75244 Disclaimer Privacy Policy

Sailboat Parts Explained: Illustrated Guide (with Diagrams)

When you first get into sailing, there are a lot of sailboat parts to learn. Scouting for a good guide to all the parts, I couldn't find any, so I wrote one myself.

Below, I'll go over each different sailboat part. And I mean each and every one of them. I'll walk you through them one by one, and explain each part's function. I've also made sure to add good illustrations and clear diagrams.

This article is a great reference for beginners and experienced sailors alike. It's a great starting point, but also a great reference manual. Let's kick off with a quick general overview of the different sailboat parts.

General Overview

The different segments

You can divide up a sailboat in four general segments. These segments are arbitrary (I made them up) but it will help us to understand the parts more quickly. Some are super straightforward and some have a bit more ninja names.

Something like that. You can see the different segments highlighted in this diagram below:

Diagram of the four main parts categories of a sailboat

The hull is what most people would consider 'the boat'. It's the part that provides buoyancy and carries everything else: sails, masts, rigging, and so on. Without the hull, there would be no boat. The hull can be divided into different parts: deck, keel, cabin, waterline, bilge, bow, stern, rudder, and many more.

I'll show you those specific parts later on. First, let's move on to the mast.

used sailboat boom

Sailboats Explained

The mast is the long, standing pole holding the sails. It is typically placed just off-center of a sailboat (a little bit to the front) and gives the sailboat its characteristic shape. The mast is crucial for any sailboat: without a mast, any sailboat would become just a regular boat.

I think this segment speaks mostly for itself. Most modern sailboats you see will have two sails up, but they can carry a variety of other specialty sails. And there are all kinds of sail plans out there, which determine the amount and shape of sails that are used.

The Rigging

This is probably the most complex category of all of them.

Rigging is the means with which the sails are attached to the mast. The rigging consists of all kinds of lines, cables, spars, and hardware. It's the segment with the most different parts.

The most important parts

If you learn anything from this article, here are the most important parts of any sailboat. You will find all of these parts in some shape or form on almost any sailboat.

Diagram of Parts of a sailboat - General overview

Okay, we now have a good starting point and a good basic understanding of the different sailboat parts. It's time for the good stuff. We're going to dive into each segment in detail.

Below, I'll go over them one by one, pointing out its different parts on a diagram, listing them with a brief explanation, and showing you examples as well.

After reading this article, you'll recognize every single sailboat part and know them by name. And if you forget one, you're free to look it up in this guide.

Diagram of the Hull Parts of a sailboat

On this page:

The hull is the heart of the boat. It's what carries everything: the mast, the sails, the rigging, the passengers. The hull is what provides the sailboat with its buoyancy, allowing it to stay afloat.

Sailboats mostly use displacement hulls, which is a shape that displaces water when moving through it. They are generally very round and use buoyancy to support its own weight. These two characteristics make sure it is a smooth ride.

There are different hull shapes that work and handle differently. If you want to learn more about them, here's the Illustrated Guide to Boat Hull Types (with 11 Examples ). But for now, all we need to know is that the hull is the rounded, floating part of any sailboat.

Instead of simply calling the different sides of a hull front, back, left and right , we use different names in sailing. Let's take a look at them.

Diagram of the Hull Parts of a sailboat

The bow is the front part of the hull. It's simply the nautical word for 'front'. It's the pointy bit that cuts through the water. The shape of the bow determines partially how the boat handles.

The stern is the back part of the hull. It's simply the nautical word for 'back'. The shape of the stern partially determines the stability and speed of the boat. With motorboats, the stern lies deep inside the water, and the hull is flatter aft. Aft also means back. This allows it to plane, increasing the hull speed. For sailboats, stability is much more important, so the hull is rounded throughout, increasing its buoyancy and hydrodynamic properties.

The transom is the backplate of the boat's hull. It's the most aft (rear) part of the boat.

Port is the left side of a sailboat.

Starboard is the right side of a sailboat

The bilges are the part where the bottom and the sides of the hull meet. On sailboats, these are typically very round, which helps with hydrodynamics. On powerboats, they tend to have an angle.

The waterline is the point where the boat's hull meets the water. Generally, boat owners paint the waterline and use antifouling paint below it, to protect it from marine growth.

The deck is the top part of the boat's hull. In a way, it's the cap of the boat, and it holds the deck hardware and rigging.

Displacement hulls are very round and smooth, which makes them very efficient and comfortable. But it also makes them very easy to capsize: think of a canoe, for example.

The keel is a large fin that offsets the tendency to capsize by providing counterbalance. Typically, the keel carries ballast in the tip, creating a counterweight to the wind's force on the sails.

The rudder is the horizontal plate at the back of the boat that is used to steer by setting a course and maintaining it. It is connected to the helm or tiller.

Tiller or Helm

  • The helm is simply the nautical term for the wheel.
  • The tiller is simply the nautical term for the steering stick.

The tiller or helm is attached to the rudder and is used to steer the boat. Most smaller sailboats (below 30') have a tiller, most larger sailboats use a helm. Large ocean-going vessels tend to have two helms.

The cockpit is the recessed part in the deck where the helmsman sits or stands. It tends to have some benches. It houses the outside navigation and systems interfaces, like the compass, chartplotter, and so on. It also houses the mainsheet traveler and winches for the jib. Most boats are set up so that the entire vessel can be operated from the cockpit (hence the name). More on those different parts later.

Most larger boats have some sort of roofed part, which is called the cabin. The cabin is used as a shelter, and on cruising sailboats you'll find the galley for cooking, a bed, bath room, and so on.

The mast is the pole on a sailboat that holds the sails. Sailboats can have one or multiple masts, depending on the mast configuration. Most sailboats have only one or two masts. Three masts or more is less common.

The boom is the horizontal pole on the mast, that holds the mainsail in place.

The sails seem simple, but actually consist of many moving parts. The parts I list below work for most modern sailboats - I mean 90% of them. However, there are all sorts of specialty sails that are not included here, to keep things concise.

Diagram of the Sail Parts of a sailboat

The mainsail is the largest sail on the largest mast. Most sailboats use a sloop rigging (just one mast with one bermuda mainsail). In that case, the main is easy to recognize. With other rig types, it gets more difficult, since there can be multiple tall masts and large sails.

If you want to take a look at the different sail plans and rig types that are out there, I suggest reading my previous guide on how to recognize any sailboat here (opens in new tab).

Sail sides:

  • Leech - Leech is the name for the back side of the sail, running from the top to the bottom.
  • Luff - Luff is the name for the front side of the sail, running from the top to the bottom.
  • Foot - Foot is the name for the lower side of the sail, where it meets the boom.

Sail corners:

  • Clew - The clew is the lower aft (back) corner of the mainsail, where the leech is connected to the foot. The clew is attached to the boom.
  • Tack - The tack is the lower front corner of the mainsail
  • Head - The head is the top corner of the mainsail

Battens are horizontal sail reinforcers that flatten and stiffen the sail.

Telltales are small strings that show you whether your sail trim is correct. You'll find telltales on both your jib and mainsail.

The jib is the standard sized headsail on a Bermuda Sloop rig (which is the sail plan most modern sailboats use).

As I mentioned: there are all kinds, types, and shapes of sails. For an overview of the most common sail types, check out my Guide on Sail Types here (with photos).

The rigging is what is used to attach your sails and mast to your boat. Rigging, in other words, mostly consists of all kinds of lines. Lines are just another word for ropes. Come to think of it, sailors really find all kinds of ways to complicate the word rope ...

Two types of rigging

There are two types of rigging: running and standing rigging. The difference between the two is very simple.

  • The running rigging is the rigging on a sailboat that's used to operate the sails. For example, the halyard, which is used to lower and heave the mainsail.
  • The standing rigging is the rigging that is used to support the mast and sail plan.

Standing Rigging

Diagram of the Standing Riggin Parts of a sailboat

Here are the different parts that belong to the standing rigging:

  • Forestay or Headstay - Line or cable that supports the mast and is attached to the bow of the boat. This is often a steel cable.
  • Backstay - Line or cable that supports the mast and is attached to the stern of the boat. This is often a steel cable.
  • Sidestay or Shroud - Line or cable that supports the mast from the sides of the boat. Most sailboats use at least two sidestays (one on each side).
  • Spreader - The sidestays are spaced to steer clear from the mast using spreaders.

Running Rigging: different words for rope

Ropes play a big part in sailing, and especially in control over the sails. In sailboat jargon, we call ropes 'lines'. But there are some lines with a specific function that have a different name. I think this makes it easier to communicate with your crew: you don't have to define which line you mean. Instead, you simply shout 'mainsheet!'. Yeah, that works.

Running rigging consists of the lines, sheets, and hardware that are used to control, raise, lower, shape and manipulate the sails on a sailboat. Rigging varies for different rig types, but since most sailboats are use a sloop rig, nearly all sailboats use the following running rigging:

Diagram of the Running Rigging Parts of a sailboat

  • Halyards -'Halyard' is simply the nautical name for lines or ropes that are used to raise and lower the mainsail. The halyard is attached to the top of the mainsail sheet, or the gaffer, which is a top spar that attaches to the mainsail. You'll find halyards on both the mainsail and jib.
  • Sheets - 'Sheet' is simply the nautical term for lines or ropes that are used to set the angle of the sail.
  • Mainsheet - The line, or sheet, that is used to set the angle of the mainsail. The mainsheet is attached to the Mainsheet traveler. More on that under hardware.
  • Jib Sheet - The jib mostly comes with two sheets: one on each side of the mast. This prevents you from having to loosen your sheet, throwing it around the other side of the mast, and tightening it. The jib sheets are often controlled using winches (more on that under hardware).
  • Cleats are small on-deck hooks that can be used to tie down sheets and lines after trimming them.
  • Reefing lines - Lines that run through the mainsail, used to put a reef in the main.
  • The Boom Topping Lift is a line that is attached to the aft (back) end of the boom and runs to the top of the mast. It supports the boom whenever you take down the mainsail.
  • The Boom Vang is a line that places downward tension on the boom.

There are some more tensioning lines, but I'll leave them for now. I could probably do an entire guide on the different sheets on a sailboat. Who knows, perhaps I'll write it.

This is a new segment, that I didn't mention before. It's a bit of an odd duck, so I threw all sorts of stuff into this category. But they are just as important as all the other parts. Your hardware consists of cleats, winches, traveler and so on. If you don't know what all of this means, no worries: neither did I. Below, you'll find a complete overview of the different parts.

Deck Hardware

Diagram of the Deck Hardware Parts of a sailboat

Just a brief mention of the different deck hardware parts:

  • Pulpits are fenced platforms on the sailboat's stern and bow, which is why they are called the bow pulpit and stern pulpit here. They typically have a solid steel framing for safety.
  • Stanchons are the standing poles supporting the lifeline , which combined for a sort of fencing around the sailboat's deck. On most sailboats, steel and steel cables are used for the stanchons and lifelines.

Mainsheet Traveler

The mainsheet traveler is a rail in the cockpit that is used to control the mainsheet. It helps to lock the mainsheet in place, fixing the mainsails angle to the wind.

used sailboat boom

If you're interested in learning more about how to use the mainsheet traveler, Matej has written a great list of tips for using your mainsheet traveler the right way . It's a good starting point for beginners.

Winches are mechanical or electronic spools that are used to easily trim lines and sheets. Most sailboats use winches to control the jib sheets. Modern large sailing yachts use electronic winches for nearly all lines. This makes it incredibly easy to trim your lines.

used sailboat boom

You'll find the compass typically in the cockpit. It's the most old-skool navigation tool out there, but I'm convinced it's also one of the most reliable. In any way, it definitely is the most solid backup navigator you can get for the money.

used sailboat boom

Want to learn how to use a compass quickly and reliably? It's easy. Just read my step-by-step beginner guide on How To Use a Compass (opens in new tab .


Most sailboats nowadays use, besides a compass and a map, a chartplotter. Chartplotters are GPS devices that show a map and a course. It's very similar to your normal car navigation.

used sailboat boom

Outboard motor

Most sailboats have some sort of motor to help out when there's just the slightest breeze. These engines aren't very big or powerful, and most sailboats up to 32' use an outboard motor. You'll find these at the back of the boat.

used sailboat boom

Most sailboats carry 1 - 3 anchors: one bow anchor (the main one) and two stern anchors. The last two are optional and are mostly used by bluewater cruisers.

used sailboat boom

I hope this was helpful, and that you've gained a good understanding of the different parts involved in sailing. I wanted to write a good walk-through instead of overwhelming you with lists and lists of nautical terms. I hope I've succeeded. If so, I appreciate any comments and tips below.

I've tried to be as comprehensive as possible, without getting into the real nitty gritty. That would make for a gigantic article. However, if you feel I've left something out that really should be in here, please let me know in the comments below, so I can update the article.

I own a small 20 foot yacht called a Red witch made locally back in the 70s here in Western Australia i found your article great and enjoyed reading it i know it will be a great help for me in my future leaning to sail regards John.

David Gardner

İ think this is a good explanation of the difference between a ”rope” and a ”line”:

Rope is unemployed cordage. In other words, when it is in a coil and has not been assigned a job, it is just a rope.

On the other hand, when you prepare a rope for a specific task, it becomes employed and is a line. The line is labeled by the job it performs; for example, anchor line, dock line, fender line, etc.

Hey Mr. Buckles

I am taking on new crew to race with me on my Flying Scot (19ft dingy). I find your Sailboat Parts Explained to be clear and concise. I believe it will help my new crew learn the language that we use on the boat quickly without being overwhelmed.

PS: my grandparents were from Friesland and emigrated to America.

Thank you Shawn for the well written, clear and easy to digest introductory article. Just after reading this first article I feel excited and ready to set sails and go!! LOL!! Cheers! Daniel.

steve Balog

well done, chap

Great intro. However, the overview diagram misidentifies the cockpit location. The cockpit is located aft of the helm. Your diagram points to a location to the fore of the helm.

William Thompson-Ambrose

An excellent introduction to the basic anatomy and function of the sailboat. Anyone who wants to start sailing should consider the above article before stepping aboard! Thank-you

James Huskisson

Thanks for you efforts mate. We’ve all got to start somewhere. Thanks for sharing. Hoping to my first yacht. 25ft Holland. Would love to cross the Bass Strait one day to Tasmania. 👌 Cheers mate

Alan Alexander Percy

thankyou ijust aquired my first sailboat at 66yrs of age its down at pelican point a beautifull place in virginia usa my sailboat is a redwing 30 if you are ever in the area i wouldnt mind your guidance and superior knowledge of how to sail but iam sure your fantastic article will help my sailboat is wings 30 ft

Thanks for quick refresher course. Having sailed in California for 20+ years I now live in Spain where I have to take a spanish exam for a sailboat license. Problem is, it’s only in spanish. So a lot to learn for an old guy like me.

Very comprehensive, thank you

Your article really brought all the pieces together for me today. I have been adventuring my first sailing voyage for 2 months from the Carolinas and am now in Eleuthera waiting on weather to make the Exumas!!! Great job and thanks

Helen Ballard

I’ve at last found something of an adventure to have in sailing, so I’m starting at the basics, I have done a little sailing but need more despite being over 60 life in the old dog etc, thanks for your information 😊

Barbara Scott

I don’t have a sailboat, neither do l plan to literally take to the waters. But for mental exercise, l have decided to take to sailing in my Bermuda sloop, learning what it takes to become a good sailor and run a tight ship, even if it’s just imaginary. Thank you for helping me on my journey to countless adventures and misadventures, just to keep it out of the doldrums! (I’m a 69 year old African American female who have rediscovered why l enjoyed reading The Adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson as well as his captivating description of sea, wind, sailboat,and sailor).

Great article and very good information source for a beginner like me. But I didn’t find out what I had hoped to, which is, what are all those noisy bits of kit on top of the mast? I know the one with the arrow is a weather vane, but the rest? Many thanks, Jay.

Louis Cohen

The main halyard is attached to the head of the mainsail, not the to the mainsheet. In the USA, we say gaff, not gaffer. The gaff often has its own halyard separate from the main halyard.

Other than that it’s a nice article with good diagrams.

A Girl Who Has an Open Sail Dream

Wow! That was a lot of great detail! Thank you, this is going to help me a lot on my project!

Hi, good info, do u know a book that explains all the systems on a candc 27,

Emma Delaney

As a hobbyist, I was hesitant to invest in expensive CAD software, but CADHOBBY IntelliCAD has proven to be a cost-effective alternative that delivers the same quality and performance.


Leave a comment

You may also like, guide to understanding sail rig types (with pictures).

There are a lot of different sail rig types and it can be difficult to remember what's what. So I've come up with a system. Let me explain it in this article.

Cruising yacht with mainsail, headsail, and gennaker

The Ultimate Guide to Sail Types and Rigs (with Pictures)

used sailboat boom

The Illustrated Guide To Boat Hull Types (11 Examples)

used sailboat boom

How To Live On a Boat For Free: How I'd Do It

used sailboat boom

How To Live on a Sailboat: Consider These 5 Things

Own your first boat within a year on any budget.

A sailboat doesn't have to be expensive if you know what you're doing. If you want to learn how to make your sailing dream reality within a year, leave your email and I'll send you free updates . I don't like spam - I will only send helpful content.

Used Parts & Equipment

Looking for a great deal on lightly used sailing gear? We've collected some great gear from the warehouse including sails, rudders, and mast sections. This equipment is either lightly used or in new condition with small blemishes. Check the individual product page for more detailed information about product condition. Stock is limited, so order today!

There are no products listed under this category.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter to receive exclusive discounts, new product announcements, and upcoming sales.

used sailboat boom

  • Sail Accessories
  • Storm Sails
  • Catalina 12.5 Expo Sail – In Stock
  • Catalina 310 & 320 Sails -New – In Stock
  • Catalina 34 New Sails – In Stock – Standard and Tall Rig
  • Catalina 387 – 380 – 390 New Sails
  • Catalina 400 Sails – New
  • Catalina 440, 470 and 50 Sails – New & Used
  • Catalina Capri 14.2 Sails In Stock
  • Catalina Capri 22 Sails – Standard- In Stock
  • Catalina Capri 22 Sails -Tall Rig – In Stock
  • Catalina Capri 26 and Catalina 27 – New Sails – In Stock
  • Catalina Wave Sail
  • Coronado 15 Sails – New
  • New Catalina Furling Mainsails
  • 420 and FJ Boat Covers & Parts
  • Laser Boat Covers and Boat Parts
  • Optiparts hardware & Opti Covers
  • Other One Design Covers and Boat Parts
  • Sunfish Boat Covers and boat parts
  • Canvas Covers
  • Dollies, Dolly Parts, Roof Racks
  • GIFTS under $25
  • Racing Gadgets
  • Shackles & Snap Shackles
  • Tiller Extensions
  • Kayak Accessories
  • Sailing Apparel and Gear
  • Sailing Books

Sailboat Listings

Featured Sailboat:

used sailboat boom

Aft : The rear of a boat, close to the stern Backstay : A mast support that runs from the top of the mast to the stern of the boat. It may be adjustable in order to bend the mast backward or to increase tension on the forestay tool Ballast : Weight in the keel of a boat that adds stability Beam : A boat's greatest width Beating : Sailing (or pointing) at an angle into the wind or upwind. Since sailboats cannot sail directly into the wind, "beating" is the closest course to the wind they can sail. Bilge : The lowest part of a boat's hull

Blanketing : A tactical maneuver in which one boat slows a competitor by positioning itself to obstruct the competitor's wind Block : An assemblage of one or more sheaves (pulleys) housed in a plastic or metal case that changes the direction of travel of a line (rope) and may be attached to a boat's deck, spar or other stationary object Boom : Spar to which a sail's lower edge or foot is attached. The boom is attached to the mast at the gooseneck. Boom vang : Lines that control the boom. These lines run from the boom to the base of the mast and are used when reaching and running. Bow : The front of the boat Broach : When in a downwind situation, the boat turns uncontrollably and is pushed by the wind onto its side, lying with the mast parallel to the water. As a rule, the boat will right itself. Buoy : A floating marker Cam cleat : A mechanical cleat used to hold a line automatically. It uses two spring-loaded cams that come together to clamp their teeth on the line, which is placed between them. Also known as jam cleat . Centerboard : Like a keel, it is a weighted appendage projecting below the boat that keeps it from capsizing and also supplies the hydrodynamic lateral force that enables the boat to sail upwind. Unlike a keel, it is retractable. Cleat : A fitting, typically with projecting ends, that holds a line against the tension from the sails, rigging or mooring Clew : The lower corner of a mainsail or jib and either lower corner of a spinnaker Coming about : Turning the boat so the bow crosses through the eye of the wind, thereby changing the side of the yacht on which the sails are carried. Also known as tacking. Covering : A tactical maneuver in which a boat stays between a competitor and the wind or the next mark Daggerboard : An adjustable fin primarily used to stop the boat moving sideways through the water. Also known as centerboard. Dinghy : The Laser, Laser Radial, 470, and Finn are all dinghies that have been used in Olympic sailing - they all have one hull and a centreboard or daggerboard Downwind : The point of sail when the wind blows from aft of the boat's beam Drag : The negative or retarding force acting on a body, such as a boat moving through a fluid parallel and opposite to the direction of motion Fall off : A maneuver in which a boat turns away from the wind Fleet racing:  Competition format were entries race against each other around a course Foot : The bottom edge of a sail Genoa/Headsail/Jib : The smaller sail set in front of the mast Gooseneck : A fitting that attaches the boom to the mast Gybe : Turning the boat so the stern crosses through the eye of the wind, (thereby changing the side of the boat on which the sails are carried (opposite of tacking). Also spelled jibe. Halyard : A line used to hoist and hold up a sail Header : Wind shift that causes the boat to head away from the mark Helmsman : The crew member who steers the boat; also the skipper, or the "driver" Hiking out : Leaning out of the craft in order to change the center of gravity in the boat and go faster Hiking straps : Straps attached to the feet that help a sailor hike out more, minimizing the chance of falling out of the boat Hull:  The main body or shell of a ship or other vessel, including the bottom, sides, and deck ISAF : International Sailing Federation, the world governing body of sailboat racing Jam cleat : A device used to grip a line (rope). It has two rows of V-shaped molded teeth that grip the line when it is jammed in the groove. Also known as cam cleat. Jib : A foresail that overlaps the shroud base and is used for sailing upwind Jibe : Same as the gybe -- turning the boat so the stern crosses through the eye of the wind, thereby changing the side of the yacht on which the sails are carried (opposite of tacking) Kee l: A weighted, non-moveable appendage projecting below the boat that keeps it from capsizing and also supplies the hydrodynamic lateral force that enables the boat to sail upwind Kite : Large, light ballooning sails that are only attached to the mast at the corners. They are used when sailing downwind. Also known as spinnaker . Knot : One nautical mile per hour Lay : To sail a course that clears an object or racecourse marker buoy such as the windward and leeward marks. When a boat is doing so, it is said to be "laying the mark." Layline : An imaginary line projecting at an angle and corresponding to the wind direction from either side of a racecourse marker buoy that defines the optimum sailing angle for a boat to fetch the mark or the finish line. When a boat reaches this point, it is said to be "on the layline." Going beyond the layline means the boat is sailing a greater distance to reach the mark or finish line. Leech : The trailing edge of a sail or the curve of a sail Leeward : The side furthest away from the wind Lines : A nautical term for ropes Luff, to : Bubbling or flapping of a sail when it is not trimmed enough or is being back winded by another sailor when the course sailed is too close to the wind Mainsail : The sail behind the mast Mark : A buoy used in a racecourse Mast : The vertical spar that holds up the sails Match racing : A racing format in which only two boats compete at a time, as opposed to fleet racing, wherein three or more boats sail at once Medal race : The final race in the series. Only the top-10 boats after the opening series compete and scores are doubled. Multihull : Nacra 17 (boat used in its inaugural event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games) - A boat with more than one hull. A boat with two hulls is also known as a catamaran and a boat with three hulls is knows as a trimaran. Nautical mile : The unit of geographical distance used on saltwater charts; one nautical mile equals 6,076 feet or 1.15 statute miles. Therefore, one statute mile equals 0.87 of a nautical mile. Off the wind : Sailing away from the wind; also downwind, reaching or running Plane : A boat planes when it sails over her own bow wave so only a small section of the hull is in the water. This allows the boat to go faster than the theoretical maximum hull speed. Pointing : Sailing at an angle into the wind or upwind. Depending on a boat's design, some will "point higher" or sail more directly into the wind and thus sail a shorter course to a given mark on the racecourse. Port : Nautical term for the left side of a boat when facing forward Port tack : Sailing with the wind blowing onto the port side and the mainsail on the starboard side Race officials : The officials responsible for running the race and enforcing the rules. This group includes the measurers who ensure that each sailor's equipment is equal and within the rules, the race officers who run the races and the judges and umpires who are rules experts and make decisions about whether rules have been broken. Reef : To decrease a sail's size Rigging : The wires, lines, halyards and other items used to attach the sails and the spars to the boat. The lines that do not have to be adjusted often are known as standing rigging. The lines that are adjusted to raise, lower and trim the sails are known as running rigging. Rudder : A moveable fin located underneath the back of the boat that steers the craft Running rigging : All moving rods and lines that support and control the mast and sails Shackle : A metal connector that attaches to other fittings with the use of a pin that is inserted through the arms of a U Sheet : A line that controls sails Skiff : 49er - A light open dinghy with a self-draining hull Slalom finish : A technical section of the windsurfing (RS:X) course involving multiple changes of direction in quick succession Spar : A basic term for a mast, boom or yard Spinnaker : Large, light ballooning sails that are only attached to the spars at the corners. They are used when running or reaching, sailing downwind. Starboard : Nautical term for the right half of the boat when facing forward Starboard tack : Sailing with the wind blowing onto the starboard side and the mainsail on the port side Stern : The rear of the boat Tacking : Turning the boat so the bow crosses through the eye of the wind, thereby changing the side of the boat on which the sails are carried (opposite of gybing) Tiller : A lever used to turn the rudder of a boat from side to side Trapeze : To stand on the side of the boat to maximize the effect of the body weight Trim : To adjust the sail to the right shape and angle to the wind. The process of "hiking out," or changing the center of gravity of the boat in order to go faster. Upwind : Toward the direction from which the wind blows; windward. Way : Forward motion of a boat. A term typically used in the context of saying that a boat is making way, is underway, or has way on. Windward : The side closest to the wind

Note: Some components of NBCOlympics.com may not be optimized for users browsing with Internet Explorer 11, 10 or older browsers or systems.

Yacht Mark Twain being refurbished in bid to compete in Sydney to Hobart race once more

Man leading over the edge of the railing on a yacht.

For the better part of five decades, one yacht returned to the starting line of the Sydney to Hobart race more than any other.

The timber and fibreglass hulled Mark Twain was built in 1971 and has competed in the race a record-breaking 26 times.

But since its last effort in 2018, it has languished at port.

The yacht's new owner, Rob Payne, who refers to himself as the boat's custodian, has grand plans to refurbish the vessel, a Sparkman and Stephens 39, and return the Mark Twain to its former glory.

Although he hopes to return the boat to the starting line of the Sydney to Hobart, he also believes the yacht can be used for a greater good.

Along with Beaconsfield mine disaster survivor Brant Webb , Mr Payne has plans to establish a group called Old Saltys, which will aim to use sailing as a vessel to empower youth through sharing knowledge.

"Sailing is a metaphor for life. You've got to trim your sails and set your course and you're gonna get buffeted around," he said.

The Old Salty's motto will be 'well-weathered wisdom', and the men believe they have a lot of life experience they can share with young people anywhere Mark Twain can sail.

Mine collapse survivor finds solace on the sea

A man in sunglasses sitting on a yacht.

Brant Webb, who was one of two miners rescued after spending 14 days trapped almost a kilometre underground when a Tasmanian mine collapsed in 2006, says sailing helped him after the ordeal.

"After Beaconsfield, if I was having a bad day I'd call up the GP and he'd say 'get the boat ready, we're going sailing'.

"I've been sailing since I was eight years old. All my life. That's the great thing about it, you can turn your phone off out there and no-one can find you."

Mr Webb said the Old Saltys group was intended for "sailors who are too old to race and too young to cruise".

"It gives us old folk a new lease on life. The whole thing is to connect people, to put the unity in community, which we lost during COVID."

An old yacht sailing with cliffs behind.

Mr Payne, a recent transplant from New Zealand, said he was heartbroken by the condition of the Mark Twain when he first found it in 2020.

"When I saw it, it broke my heart," he said, adding that he had the opportunity to "do something about" refurbishing the "old girl".

"We're only ever the custodians of these extraordinary vessels."

Once a fine racing yacht, the Mark Twain had fallen into disrepair in port at George Town in recent years.

From its first entry in the Sydney to Hobart in 1971, the boat long held the steadily increasing record for the greatest number of entries in the iconic race, even managing to clinch podium finishes for its class on several occasions.

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, it competed in more than 20 Sydney to Hobart races, and in 2002 became the first-ever boat to have sailed in 25.

"Thousands of men and women have sailed on this beautiful vessel," Mr Payne said.

A magazine called "Offshore" with a photograph of a yacht on the cover.

It was bought and refurbished for its 26th entry by veteran Sydney to Hobart skipper Michael Spies in 2018, but that was the last time it took part.

Man leading standing up on a yacht.

Mr Payne spent several months last year refurbishing the boat's hull himself and on Wednesday, March 27, the mast and boom were removed to be restored by a Beauty Point shipwright.

Along with Mr Webb, he hopes to take the Mark Twain around Tasmania, Australia and New Zealand and share their knowledge of the seas.

"My encouragement to youth is to get into sailing and you know, become part of the community within those sailing clubs," Mr Payne said.

"You don't necessarily have to own a huge boat … you can be in a little sabot [dinghy] and have that experience on the water. It's life changing and transformational."

He is keen to share the refurbishment project with anyone who wants to be involved and hopes the Mark Twain will sail again in the next two to three years.

A yacht sailing past a headland.

  • X (formerly Twitter)
  • Beaconsfield
  • Mental Health
  • Things to Do
  • Restaurants
  • Vacation Rentals
  • Travel Stories
  • Rental Cars
  • Add a Place
  • Travel Forum
  • Travelers' Choice
  • Help Center

RADISSON Boats - Moscow River Boat Tours

  • Europe    
  • Russia    
  • Central Russia    
  • Moscow    
  • Moscow - Things to Do    
  • Moscow River Boat Tours

I got a nice luxury boat. It has good restaurant inside too. Boat tour is around 1.5 hours. The... read more

used sailboat boom

I would recommend the Moscow Sightseeing River Cruise. Definitely great value for a two hour... read more

used sailboat boom


Seriously now, how it is even possible to have a girl in the tickets issuing white building , in the Gorky Park Pier, who is exceptional RUDE and she doesn't know even a simple word of English and she seem that she doesn't care to sell any tickets to tourists ?! We left the ticket office because she couldn't answer to anything and because she was really aggressive because we don't speak Russian!!! Despite the fact that we were really kind and smiling, trying to speak to her. We found completely unacceptable the fact that they work with tourists but they demand from them to know Russian! Even though, a kind and gently mannered person will find a way to explain something. Unfortunately the specific ...lady was a savage-like one, coming from the mountains and never having met other people again. What a shame.

used sailboat boom

Dear Efstathios D! Thank you for your feedback! First of all we are so sorry about this situation! Next time we are highly recommend to purchas tickets online/ Best regards, Rivertickets.ru

Starting out for an 8:00 p.m. cruise on a poor or rather dull August 1st day, we had to wait for a later boarding at about 20:15! We were shepherded upstairs to the upper deck, which was thankfully enclosed with glass windows, with seats facing both forward and backwards or better… fore and aft facing! As we reached the top deck (about 7 steps, but steep) we walked about 6 meters and had to jog to the right, in order not to disturb a mic boom and speaker setup, denoting our impending entertainment for the evening! 2 chairs, padded, adorned with 2 very well used 6-string guitars… plus a load of other equipment, including 5' high speakers and amps, etc. My party (4 of us) including my wife, her half-sister with her husband, whom we had only known about 14 months, after belatedly finding out about each other, who were visiting us from a European country for a few days! Super people! My wife had arranged this trip at the tentative request of her half-brother-in-law. The boat was nothing special as far as comfort was concerned, but we had front seats! I was a little worried about volume from the massive speakers! No worry needed! We left, with perhaps one third full of passengers only and the 2 chairs were almost immediately occupied by 2 men, pleasant looking, both nicely dressed, who picked up the guitars and the first, Dmitry, began to narrate our passage along the Moscow River. Shortly afterwards, the narration comfortable allowed the introduction of the first song, with basic chords being played by Dmitry with Alexei playing, expert accompaniment to Dmitry's vocals. He thoroughly enjoyed his role, as did Dmitry. For 21/2 hours, we plied the river, with an ever deepening dusk, bringing forth romantic Russian songs by well-known Russian composers, making the river trip a really enjoyable experience, particularly as both my wife and I are both fans of this type of music along with our newly-found family. The engine noises could hardly be heard, the cabin was pleasantly warm, but not hot, and tea and coffee was served an hour before landing. Docking happened at about 22:20 with no rush and we alighted at the same point that we had boarded… a very enjoyable evening all told! Thank you Moscow River Tours or Art_Stolitsa!

Dear granmar! Thank you for your feedback! We will be happy to see you again. Best regards, Rivertickets.ru

It’s very bad that when we enter the boat they told us go upstairs! Then a russian guiding started to talk from the starting point! No respect to other nationalities or tourists languages! At least do something in international languages! My money went for nothing Understand nothing in this beautiful country’s History!!!!!!

Dear Mrmretta! Thank you for your feedback! It is helps us to be better. We will start our English speaking guided cruise soon. Best regards, Rivertickets.ru

Loud music. No service. Look like that they did not want to sell anything. Taste less food. Exhaust in the resturant. No safety informasjon. Cheap tour Cheap food. Crappy service. Try some other place.

used sailboat boom

Dear Tore S! Thank you for your review. It helps us become better. Best regards, Rivertickets.ru

Today we decided to do a river cruise to orientate us to Moscow. With no knowledge of Russian we purchased an audio guide. We walked 9kms in very hot weather to get to the departure point and asked several people for directions. Number one frustration is that muscovites don't get tourism or customer service and look straight thru you. We finally found the wharf and with several boats departing we got the same 'look straight through you' until finally we had to shame someone into finding our boat the Cahta Mapnr, which then departed 35 mins later then the booking agent advised. We went to the top deck which had no cover and tried to find some shade.And you guessed it the audio didn't work. The staff had no idea how to handle a disgruntled passenger and i got nowhere asking for a refund. Go back to the booking agent they said to which i replied ' how would they know i didnt get what i paid for. I have worked in tourism for most of my working life so know a bit about the industry. You have a wonderful product but you must train your operators! There was one young man,Bec, who tried valiantly to placate me and he will go far. I admit I lost my cool after being ignored by so many and frying in the hot sun and not being able to identify the magnificent buildings..

Dear Julie B! Thank you for your feedback! First of all we are so sorry about this situation! Next time we are highly recommend to purchas tickets online. Best regards, Rivertickets.ru

No tour info in English. Mostly Russians on this boat. We were the only non-Russian tourists. If you don't buy the ticket online, they charge more than double the price at the pier. (If you are looking at a tablet or computer screen you will see this info, but not on a phone screen.) As a result many customers were complaining and arguing with the ticket sellers. The boat was playing LOUD unbearably awful music. Website stated that music would be played and we were expecting Russian folk tunes with balalaikas. Instead, we got really bad rock with English lyrics. The cruise was 2+ hours and it would have been impossible to enjoy with the noise. It was so bad that we asked for our money back before the boat departed. They said they could not provide a refund because the tickets had been torn already. After we caused a minor insurrection --luckily we had a Russian friend with us -- the captain turned off the music. (He said he didn't like it either but he was required to play it.) There are numerous river tour companies in Moscow and most seem to be in the same price range. I recommend asking them if the boats have outdoor shaded places where you will not be subjected to loud music.

Dear JanetOO! Thank you for your feedback! On our website we have all information in English. Best regards, Rivertickets.ru

Moscow Boat Tour

  • Page active



See all the gems of historical and cultural center of the capital in short time and without traffic jams or tiresome walking.

Depending on the itinerary and duration of the Moscow River boat trip, the tour can be 3 or 5 hours.

Highlights of the tour

  • St Basil’s Cathedral;
  • Stalin skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya (Tinkers) embankment;
  • The Kremlin;
  • “House on the Embankment” Stalin skyscraper;
  • Monument to Peter I;
  • The Central House of Artists;
  • Christ the Savior Cathedral;
  • Gorky Park;
  • Moscow State University;
  • Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Luzhniki stadium;
  • Novodevichy Monastery;
  • Kiev railway station;
  • Europe Square;
  • Moscow City Hall;
  • Government House;
  • Expocentre Exhibition Complex;
  • and other famous sights.

You will learn about the different epochs of the city from the foundation in 1147 till Soviet times of 20 th  century.

Moscow River

Moskva river has the form of a snake and is the main waterway of Moscow, consisting of a cascade of reservoirs. Within the city, Moskva river is 80 km long, 120 m - 200 m wide and up to 14 m deep. The narrowest part of the river is the Kremlin area in the city center, and the most extensive is around the Luzhniki Stadium in the south. 

Bridges in Moscow

Undoubtedly, bridges and embankments are among the most scenic spots and main attractions of Moscow. Plus, they are so romantic.

  • Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge –  Great Stone Bridge –  is the main bridge of Moscow . The first stone bridge was constructed here in the 17th century.
  • Patriarshy Bridge  is one of the youngest pedestrian bridges, built in 2004. The bridge connects the iconic Christ the Saviour Cathedral with funky Bersenevskaya embankment, extremely popular place among locals for its trendy art galleries, cafes and panoramic views. Patriarshy Bridge used to be a shooting location for ex-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's New Year speech to the nation.
  • Borodinsky Bridge,  erected in honor of the 100th anniversary of the glorious victory in the Battle of Borodino (which every Russian kid knows about), a fierce legendary battle during the Russo-French war of 1812.
  • Bagration Bridge  one of the  pedestrian bridges with most picturesque views of the Moskva River with its numerous upper-level observation platforms. The bridge was erected to celebrate the 850th anniversary of Moscow city in 1997.
  • Krymsky Bridge  used to be in Top 5 Europe’s longest bridges some 100 years ago. The bridge got its name after the ancient Krymsky ford which Crimean Tartars used to invade Moscow in the 16 th  century.

Embankments of Moscow

Moscow river boats 37 embankments, the most popular being Kremlevskaya, Sofiyskaya, Pushkinskaya, Vorobyovskaya and Kolomenskaya.

You can get the most spectacular views of the Kremlin from  Kremlevskaya and Sofiyskaya embankments.

  • Pushkinkaya embankment  is the most romantic in Moscow. It meanders along Gorky Park and Neskuchnyi garden and is rich for all kinds of entertainment as well as cozy nooks, including Olivkovy beach, the famous Zeleny theater as well as a pier for river cruisers.
  • Vorobyevskaya embankment  is part of Sparrow Hills nature reserve. This place opens a beautiful panorama of the river and city from the observation deck and is considered to be the place for taking serious decisions in life.
  • Embankment in Kolomenskoye  Museum-Reserve has a special charm due to its peculiar geographical relief. The boat trip around Kolomenskoye would be the most peaceful in your life.
  • Taras Shevchenko embankment  is popular among photographers for its modern Moscow City skyscrapers. Highly recommended for your night boat trip.
  • Embankments of Moscow are the pride of the capital. A distinctive feature of each of the promenades is its architecture and beautiful views. In addition, almost all the embankments of Moscow have a rich history and a lot of notable buildings.

Different epochs

Taking a walk along the Moskva River by boat, you will witness the architecture of Moscow from different eras and styles. Archaeological studies indicate that already in the XI century there stood a fortified settlement on Borovitsky hill, which is now called the Kremlin. Little fortress could not accommodate all the residents of the rapidly growing city, and the Grand Duke ordered the construction of a new Kremlin, larger than the former.

Boat trip around Kolomenskoe Park

Moscow river boat trip starts from the pier Klenovy (Maple) Boulevard and provides reat views of Nicholas Perervinsky monastery.

Nicholas Perervinsky monastery was founded at the time of the Battle of Kulikov (1380). The monastery, got its name from the surrounding area – “Pererva”, which can be translated like “tear off” and because of the location –  here it abruptly changed its course, turning to Kolomna, standing on the opposite bank.

Nowadays Kolomenskoye is State Art, Historical, Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve, which doors are open to everyone who wants to get in touch with the ancient history of Russia.

Take a break from the big city hustle in the shady parks and gardens of the Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve. Don’t miss a wonderful Church of the Ascension and Tsar Alexey’s Palace in Kolomenskoye!

Monasteries and temples

  • Novospassky Monastery
  • Founded in the 13th century on the site where now is located the Danilovsky monastery. After a few decades, in 1330, Ivan Kalita moved the monastery onto the Borovitskii hill of the Kremlin. However, in the 15th century, Spassky Monastery again moved, this time to a more spacious place on Krasnoholmskaya waterfront.
  • Church of St. Nicholas in Zayaitskom
  • Erected in the middle of the XVIII century in baroque style. The building survived after the 1812 fire, but the utensils were destoyed. Parishioners collected donations and restored the temple on their own. In Soviet times, it was closed and re-opened only in 1992.
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior
  • The church was originally erected in honor of the victory over Napoleon and was being under construction for long 44 years. Notoriously demolished in 1937 to be a giant swimming pool under open sky. The current building was constructed in 1990s. It is the tallest and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.
  • The temple was built in 1679-82, during the reign of Tsar Fedor Alekseevich, in late Muscovite Baroque style and can be characterized as bonfire temple. Each gable is a symbol of a heavenly fire.
  • Novodevichy Convent
  • The most famous concent and monastery in Moscow, presumably founded in 1524. Novodevichy’s status has always been high among other monasteries, it was in this monastery where the women of the royal blood, the wives of Tsars and local rulers of Moscow were kept in prison as nuns.
  • St. Andrew’s church  (male acts as Compound Patriarch of Moscow)
  • St. Andrew’s church stands right on the slopes of the Sparrow Hills, on the way down to the Moskva River, on the territory of the Nature Reserve “Sparrow Hills”. The monastery is small in size but is very cozy. It’s situated in a quiet courtyard surrounded by temples, fruit trees and flowers.

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow river cruise.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
  • + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

Write your review

  • International

March 28, 2024 - Baltimore Key Bridge collapse

By Antoinette Radford, Maureen Chowdhury , Tori B. Powell , Elise Hammond and Aditi Sangal , CNN

Our live coverage has ended. Follow the latest news on the Baltimore bridge collapse or read through the updates below. 

Here's what we learned from the authorities this evening

From CNN staff

The sun sets on the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Thursday, March 28.

The federal government has given Maryland officials the $60 million requested to cover the first steps of responding to  the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge , according to a Federal Highway Administration news release.

Federal Highway Administration chief Shailen Bhatt said the emergency funding would go toward removing debris, rerouting traffic and ultimately rebuilding the bridge.

Here's what else the authorities said in a news briefing this evening:

  • Four directives to recovery: Gov. Wes Moore outlined four main priorities as Maryland looks to recover after the bridge collapse. The directives include: Continued focus on efforts to recover the construction workers presumed dead "to bring a sense of closure to these families," open the channel and restart traffic to the port, taking care of those affected, rebuilding the Key Bridge.
  • Murky water conditions: Moore said the " water is so dark , and debris is so dense, that in most instances our divers cannot see more than a foot or two in front of them."
  • Major resources mobilized: The Army Corps of Engineers is moving the largest crane in the Eastern Seaboard to Baltimore to help clear the channel, and it is expect to arrive later on Thursday evening, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said. Clearing the channel has been an important goal so trade and traffic through the port can resume. The Army Corps of Engineers plan to cover the full cost of clearing the channel where Baltimore's Key Bridge collapsed, Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Thursday.
  • One larger vehicle detected underwater: There's at least one vehicle of a large size that has been detected underwater, and it is encapsulated by the superstructure of the bridge, concrete and other things, according to Col. Roland L. Butler Jr., the superintendent of Maryland State Police.
  • Monitoring possible leaks and pollution: Over 2,400 feet of boom have been deployed to contain any leaks of pollution in the aftermath of the collapse of the Key Bridge, Moore said. Separately, 14 containers on the ship were impacted , and they contained items like soap and perfume, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath said, adding that he did not have information on whether any of those materials went overboard. Air monitors are in place to track any potential threats and they have not picked up any threats so far, Gilreath said.

There's at least 1 larger vehicle underwater, official says

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

There's at least one vehicle of a large size that has been detected underwater, according to Col. Roland L. Butler Jr., the superintendent of Maryland State Police.

"There's at least one vehicle, larger in size, that is completely encapsulated by the superstructure of the bridge, concrete," among other things, Butler said Thursday evening. "It's going to take some time to get to that, and it's going to take some time to do that carefully" before divers can go to recover that vehicle, he added.

2,400 feet of boom was used to contain possible toxic materials, Maryland governor says

Wreckage lies across the deck of the Dali cargo vessel in Baltimore on Wednesday.

There have been over 2,400 feet of boom deployed to contain any leaks of pollution in the aftermath of the collapse of the Key Bridge, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said Thursday.

He said he personally did not see any sheen on the water when he went to assess the situation on site.

Remember: 56 containers with hazardous materials were found on the vessel.

There are 14 containers on the ship were impacted, and they contained items like soap and perfume, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath said at the briefing, adding that he did not have information on whether any of those materials went overboard.

Air monitors are in place to track any potential threats and they have not picked up any threats so far, Gilreath added.

Baltimore mayor says he remains hopeful bodies of other workers will be recovered

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Baltimore's mayor said he is still "hopeful" the bodies of the other workers presumed dead will be recovered.

Authorities announced on Wednesday they were pausing search and recovery efforts  for the four other workers presumed dead because debris made it unsafe for divers to continue. Once this next phase of salvage operations is complete and the debris is cleared, divers will search for more remains.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said that during the salvage operation, he hopes "we are able to recover those who remain missing and bring them home to their families.

The mayor said he directed his administration to work with the governor’s office “on any and every effort that must be taken.”

Army Corps of Engineers will bear the full cost of clearing the channel, Sen. Chris Van Hollen says

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen speaks at a press conference Thursday.

The Army Corps of Engineers will cover the full cost of clearing the channel where Baltimore's Key Bridge collapsed, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Thursday.

"We all recognize that getting the Port of Baltimore running again at full speed is a priority given all the jobs that are associated with it, all the small businesses, all the other businesses," Sen. Van Hollen said at Thursday's news briefing. "And as the governor pointed out, this is not just a Maryland issue, it's a national and global question."

The largest crane in the Eastern Seaboard is expected to arrive in Baltimore later today, governor says

The Army Corps of Engineers is moving the largest crane in the Eastern Seaboard to Baltimore to help clear the channel, and it is expected to arrive Thursday evening, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said.

"Under the leadership of Col. (Estee S.) Pinchasin, the Army Corps is moving the largest crane in the Eastern Seaboard to Baltimore to help us," Moore said at a news conference. "It is estimated that will arrive later this evening."

"It's a 1,000-ton crane coming around midnight," Sen. Chris Van Hollen said at the same news conference. "And another 400-ton crane coming Saturday for the operations to clear the channel."

The post was updated with information about the crane from Sen. Van Hollen.

Officials are assessing pieces of the bridge before they pull them out of the water, Coast Guard says

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath speaks at a press conference Thursday.

Officials working to remove the collapsed Key Bridge from the channel are conducting a full assessment of all pieces of debris before they can lift them out of the water, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath.

This assessment is critical in figuring out how to cut the bridge into the right size pieces so cranes can lift them out, he said.

“We are doing those assessments right now with underwater surveys, with engineering teams back in unified command,” Gilreath said, adding that the assessment is in coordination with several other partners, including the US Army Corp of Engineers.

“That is our number one priority is to reopen the Port of Baltimore as fast as we can, and do it safely,” he added.

Murky conditions are hindering divers' vision during underwater operations, Maryland governor says 

Water conditions are hindering divers' visibility as they conduct recovery operations, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said Thursday.

"That water is so dark, and debris is so dense, that in most instances our divers cannot see more than a foot or two in front of them," Moore said at a news briefing. "So much of the operation is simply feel."

Please enable JavaScript for a better experience.


  1. Used Masts and Booms

    Our latest inventory of used masts and booms at Sailorman New and Used Marine. Shop New > Shop Used & Consignment ... 9 ft. 8 in. Racing Boom. $125.00 Forespar Lightning Master Lightning Strike Protector. $180.00 ... Boat heaven. Lots of used stuff. Unique, and hard-to-find items.

  2. Second hand sailboat booms

    Sailboat covers Sail bags Indoor textil products Rigging. Masts and spars Mast Boom Pole Bowsprit Furlers Furlers Downwind furlers Hardware. Deck and sail hardware Boat blocks Winches Shackles Clutches and cams Rigging screws and chainplates ...

  3. Rig-Rite Inc.

    Since 1961, RIG-RITE has engineered, manufactured and distributed Spars, Rigging and Hardware Systems for Sailboats. RIG-RITE stocks the largest variety of related Systems and Hardware available anywhere, Specializing in original replacement parts for Systems on yachts built the world over. Spars - Masts, Booms, Spreaders, Spinnaker Poles ...

  4. Used Sailing Equipment For Sale

    Date: December 2023. Asking Price: $180. New in box - Spinlock XTS/2 Double Rope Clutch for lines 5/16" - 9/16" (8mm - 14mm) XTS0814/2. The Spinlock Double XTS Power Clutch is specified as standard equipment on production yachts worldwide and the choice of racing yachts inshore and offshore.

  5. Booms Used

    Sail Numbers; Used Canvas; Boom Covers; Lazy Jack Boom Bags (New & Used) Booms Used Boom (Used) 2.68mtrs #TWV-003. $159.00. Boom (Used) #STH-021 Length 3.5mtrs. ... > up to 10% off the price of any new build sail if you trade in the old one of similar size > Australia Wide Freight for new sails is $49.00

  6. Boom (sailing)

    In sailing, a boom is a spar (pole), along the foot of a fore and aft rigged sail, that greatly improves control of the angle and shape of the sail. The primary action of the boom is to keep the foot flatter when the sail angle is away from the centerline of the boat. The boom also serves as an attachment point for more sophisticated control lines.

  7. What is a Sailboat Boom?

    A sailboat boom is a prominent horizontal spar extending from the base of the mast. The base of the sail attaches to the boom. The boom is an essential sailboat part. It supports the base of the sail and swings from side to side. Sailors use the boom to control the trim of the mainsail. Among other things, the boom can be used to increase or ...

  8. Sailboat Goosenecks, Boom Brakes & Boom Bails

    SKU: 173431 | Item ID: RON RF2528. Special Order Only. 1-23 results of 23. Fisheries Supply is your premier supplier of sailboat boom hardware from top brands. We offer a full range of quality boom brakes, sailboat gooseneck fittings, boom bails, boom hangers and more. Shop now and save!

  9. Laser & ILCA Sailboat Spars

    Upgrade or replace the spars on your Laser / ILCA sailboat today with a complete selection of top sections, lower masts, and booms from West Coast Sailing. Offering class legal boom with Harken blocks, aluminum lower mast sections for the Standard / 7, Radial / 6, and 4.7 / 4, aluminum upper section, and the latest composite upper mast and ...

  10. Sailboat Parts Explained: Illustrated Guide (with Diagrams)

    Foot - Foot is the name for the lower side of the sail, where it meets the boom. Sail corners: Clew - The clew is the lower aft (back) corner of the mainsail, where the leech is connected to the foot. The clew is attached to the boom. ... The running rigging is the rigging on a sailboat that's used to operate the sails. For example, the halyard ...

  11. Sailing Hardware & Gear for sale

    Performance sailing gear. Logo decals and stickers. Short-fingered gloves. Galley ware. Masthead streamers and flags. Get the best deals on Sailing Hardware & Gear when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. Free shipping on many items | Browse your favorite brands | affordable prices.

  12. Sailing Rigging & Fittings for sale

    Gooseneck fitting insert for boom. 2 Reef hooks w/ outhaul & topping lift jiffy. Pre-Owned: Schaefer. $85.00. Top Rated Plus. Sellers with highest buyer ratings; ... used sailboat block for 1/2 " rope schaefer brand works sailing partsproperly. Pre-Owned: Schaefer. $10.38. or Best Offer. $8.16 shipping.

  13. Used Sails For Sale

    Used Sails From Top Brands. SailTrader is able to help you find used sails from top brands such as North Sails, Quantum Sails, UK Sailmakers, Doyle Sails, Evolution Sails, Precision Sails, Hood Sails and more. Thanks to our marketplace design, and the ability for anyone to sell their used sail, there is a lot of competition for used sails.

  14. Used Sailboat Parts & Equipment

    Used Parts & Equipment. Looking for a great deal on lightly used sailing gear? We've collected some great gear from the warehouse including sails, rudders, and mast sections. This equipment is either lightly used or in new condition with small blemishes. Check the individual product page for more detailed information about product condition ...

  15. Aluminum Sailboat Mast Boats for sale

    aluminum Sailboat mast and boom. I have an aluminum sailboat mast and boom set I am selling. The boat is long gone and I kept the mast and boom.It measures approximately, 19 ft on mast and 8 ft or 92" on boom If you would like them, call me if interested (941) 228-8631.

  16. Used Sails, New Sails and Sailboats

    Click here to browse through our storm sail selection. Buy or sale used sails, Boats, Sailing Accessories, Sailing Gear, we have the largest selection of used sails in the US. Call us for details 1-800-783-6953.

  17. Sailboat Boom Boats for sale

    Posted Over 1 Month. 1980 Mariner Pilot House 38' 12' beamLocated in Fort Pierce FloridaFor Sale by owner $43,500 Rugged Cutter rigged with self tending boom with Pilot house! Great sailing and live aboard vessel with comfortable accommodations and layout. One of only eight New Hampshire built 38 Mariners built.

  18. Sailboat Listings

    Find the Sailboat of your dreams or list your current sailboat for sale for free with free sailboat classified ads. Sailboat Listings include racers, cruisers, sloops, catamarans, trimarans, daysailers, sailing dinghies, and overnighters in our photo ads of used sailboats for sale.

  19. Olympic Sailing terms: Glossary of all the terminology you need to know

    Boom: Spar to which a sail's lower edge or foot is attached. The boom is attached to the mast at the gooseneck. Boom vang: Lines that control the boom. These lines run from the boom to the base of the mast and are used when reaching and running. ... Multihull: Nacra 17 (boat used in its inaugural event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games) - A boat ...

  20. amadeus sailing yacht

    Built by the famous Dynamique Yachts shipyard and having undergone a refit in 2018, sailing Yacht Amadeus was designed to please the most demanding of yachtsmen. Built for smooth sailing, this elegant cutter rigged sloop has a sleek hull design, comfortably reaching top speeds of 12 knots and ensuring excellent sailing performance. ..... The 33.5m/109'11" 'Amadeus' sail yacht built by the ...

  21. Sailor on a mission to get record-breaking old boat back in shape for

    Mr Payne spent several months last year refurbishing the boat's hull himself and on Wednesday, March 27, the mast and boom were removed to be restored by a Beauty Point shipwright.

  22. RADISSON Boats

    Moscow River Boat Tours. 486 Reviews. #7 of 94 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Moscow. Outdoor Activities, Tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports. Building 1, Moscow 3rd Khoroshevskaya Street 2, Moscow 123308, Russia. Open today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Save. Hawera, New Zealand. Efstathios D.

  23. Moscow River Cruise Tour with Friendly Local Guides

    Krymsky Bridge used to be in Top 5 Europe's longest bridges some 100 years ago. The bridge got its name after the ancient Krymsky ford which Crimean Tartars used to invade Moscow in the 16 th century. Embankments of Moscow. Moscow river boats 37 embankments, the most popular being Kremlevskaya, Sofiyskaya, Pushkinskaya, Vorobyovskaya and ...

  24. eastward ho sailboat for sale

    Eastward ho 24 used sailboats for sale by owner.... Eastward ho 24 preowned sailboats for sale by owner. ... Jib boom & roller for twin furlers. Re-built Volvo Penta 30hp with spare engine & transmission. Bimini & dodger.... 35.5' Endeavour E35 Presently on the hard for winter storage at Morgans Marina, New Jersey Asking $35,000... 2015 Malibu ...

  25. March 28, 2024

    2,400 feet of boom was used to contain possible toxic materials, Maryland governor says From CNN's Aditi Sangal Wreckage lies across the deck of the Dali cargo vessel in Baltimore on Wednesday.