what is the difference between boom and jib?

5 Answers

  • CMV
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
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    On modern Sailboats ,Dinghies and Yachts , A Jib is a triangle shaped sail which is in front of the mast .

    A boom is the wooden or metal pole which is fixed to the bottom edge of the other , usually bigger , triangular sail BEHIND the mast .

    The word Boom is simply Dutch and means " Tree " , and originally you simply used a straight young sapling tree for this purpose .

  • fuzzy
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    the jib is the triangular sail in front of the mast, flown from the forestay.

    A boom is the piece of timber (or metal or carbon fibre) attached to the bottom of a sail to help control it & set its shape. It is normally found on the main sail but can be on other sails as well. eg. some self tacking jibs have them as well rather than a circular track on the deck.

  • 7 years ago


    The boom is what secures the foot of a sail and runs from the tack to the clew. A jib is a foresail and usually does not require a boom.

    Hope this helps.

    Source(s): A good article to identify the nomenclature of all parts of a sailboat can be read at: http://www.wikihow.com/Sail-a-Boat
  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Jib is a sail, boom is a sail-support.

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  • cirino
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Difference Between Jib And Crane

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