A cringle at the corner of a sail.

A cringle is an eye through which to pass a rope. In nautical settings, the word refers to a small hole anywhere along the edge or in the corner of a sail, rimmed with stranded cordage and worked into the boltrope.[1] Typically it encloses a metal grommet for reinforcement and to reduce wear. In this context, cringle and grommet coincide enough that the two are sometimes used interchangeably.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The Basics of Reefing - SailNet Community". www.sailnet.com. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  2. ^ "Boating Terms and expressions". DIY Wood Boat. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  3. ^ Knight, Austin N. (1921). Modern Seamanship (8 ed.). New York: D. van Nostrand Company. pp. 831. head cringle.