Backing

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8-5-010

An arrangement in which a small anchor or sinker is put out ahead of the main anchor or sinker, to support the latter and to prevent it from loosening or dragging.




Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM