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 (fâr′lēd′) also fair·lead·er (-lē′dər)
n. Nautical
A device such as a ring or block of wood with a hole in it through which rigging is passed to hold it in place or prevent it from snagging or chafing.
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(ˈfɛəˌliːd) or


(Nautical Terms) nautical a block or ring through which a line is rove to keep it clear of obstructions, prevent chafing, or maintain it at an angle. Also called: leader
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also fair′lead`er,

a pulley, thimble, or the like that guides a rope forming part of the rigging of a ship or crane in such a way as to prevent chafing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fairlead - a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing
pulley, pulley block, pulley-block, block - a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
snatch block - a pulley-block that can be opened to receive the bight of a rope
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The PMC technology eliminates the need for mooring hardware such as fairleads, sheaves, chain tensioners and chain lockers.
Attachment options include quick release pins, high resistance shackles, snap shackles, fairleads and torsion rope thimbles.
Rigging and condition of control cables, pulleys, fairleads and fittings should also be carefully checked.
The BRON 250 also comes with an open ROPS canopy, dual reel carrier, hinged ROPS fairleads and slider chute.
Item Value Rating 5 MW Rotor configuration Upwind, 3 blades Cut-in, rated, cut-out wind speed 3m/s, 11.4 m/s, 25 m/s Total draft below sea water level (SWL) 120 m Tower base above SWL 10 m Hub height above SWL 90m Nacelle dimension (length, width, height) 14.2 m, 2.3 m, 3.5 m Platform diameter above taper 6.5 m Platform diameter below taper 9.4m Rotor nacelle assembly (RNA) mass 350,000 kg Tower mass 249,718 kg Platform mass 7,466,000 kg Number of mooring lines 3 Depth to fairleads below SWL 70 m Baseline control in Region 3 GSPI and constant torque TABLE 2: Term descriptions in the model of OC3-Hywind surge- heave-pitch motion.
In the existing analysis methods, force and displacement of mooring heads and vessel fairleads are iteratively matched at every instant of time-marching scheme, while solving the equilibrium equations.
--configuration of the mooring line winches and hawseholes (fairleads) on the ship;
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