Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


A spar projecting from the bow used as an anchor for the forestay and other rigging.

What is Bowsprit?

Bowsprit of a sailing vessel is a spar extending forward from the vessel's prow. The bowsprit is typically held down by a bobstay that counteracts the forces from the forestays. The word bowsprit is thought to originate from the Middle Low German word bōchsprēt – bōch meaning "bow" and sprēt meaning "pole".