thole pin


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thole pin

n.
A wooden peg set in pairs in the gunwales of a boat to serve as an oarlock.
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The composition is economical and accurate, from the sports hero's facial features to the slightly worn wooden thole pin that held the oar in place for rowing.
For before-the-wind travel you can use a paddle levered against one side or shipped into thole pins in the stern and secured there (so it won't float up and out) with cord bound in tight figure-eights around notches carved in the tops of the pegs.