Saturday, November 15, 2014

Boating Terms

ABAFT - In the direction of the stern, or the rear of the boat
ABEAM - On a line that forms a right angle to the ship's keel
ABOARD - On board (of a ship or a boat)
ABOVE DECK - On the boat's deck
ABREAST - By the side of, next to or side by side
ADRIFT - Floating at random, not on the towline.
AFT - Near or in the direction of the stern of the boat
AGROUND - When the bottom of the boat touches or lodges on the ground.
AHEAD - In front of; to go in advance
AIDS TO NAVIGATION - Road signs used on the waterway, they help indicate the safety level of water
ALOFT - Above or on top of the boat's deck
AMIDSHIPS - In the middle or center of the boat
ANCHORAGE - Where a ship anchors or a suitable place to anchor
ASTERN - Towards the back of the boat
AWEIGH - When the anchor is raised and off bottom of body of water
BATTEN DOWN - To secure or strengthen the hatches and objects on the deck and hull of a boat
BEAM - The boat's width
BEARING - The direction of an object as determined by a compass
BELOW - Down below, beneath, or under the deck
BILGE - The broadest width of the bottom of the boat
BOAT - A small open vessel or watercraft.
BOAT HOOK - A pole that has a metal point and hooks that is used to maneuver logs, or retrieve objects that have fallen overboard
BOW - A boat's front section
BOW LINE - A rope that is used to tie the boat to a dock; it has a loop spliced at one end
BOWLINE A special knot that is used to create a temporary loop; there are several variations for forming a bowline
BRIDGE -Where the ship is steered or controlled.
BULKHEAD - A partition that is used to separate compartments on a boat
BUOY - A floating device used for marking locations or other hazards in the water
BURDENED VESSEL - Also referred to as Give Way; the vessel that must yield to another vessel
CABIN - The compartment used for crew members or passengers
CAPSIZE - When a boat upsets or overturns
CAST OFF - To untie or let go.
CHART - A marine map
CHINE - The line where the sides and bottom of a flat or v-bottomed boat intersect
CHOCK - Fittings used to pass ropes or mooring lines
CLEAT - Fittings used to hold ropes or lines securely
CLOVE HITCH - A temporary knot used for securing a rope or line to a piling or spar
COURSE - The direction a boat is steered.
CUDDY - A small cabin on a boat
CURRENT - The course in which the water flows
DEAD AHEAD - Straight ahead
DEAD ASTERN - The position behind the boat
DECK - Floor like coverings of the compartments of a ship
DINGHY - A small rowboat or open boat
DOCK - A pier or wharf
DRAFT - Depth of water necessary to cause the boat to float
FENDER - A cushioning device that is used to prevent the sides of a boat from damage
FLARE - Where the boat's sides spread outward, near the bow of the boat
FLUKE - Where the anchor fastens to the ground
FOLLOWING SEA - A sea swell
FORE-AND-AFT - The length of the boat from the bow to the stern
FOREPEAK - Used for storing cargo, a small section within the bow of the boat
FORWARD - Toward the front of the boat
FOULED - The encrusting of foreign matter or debris on the hull of a boat
GALLEY - The boats kitchen area
GANGWAY - The side of the boat used for the boarding of passengers
GEAR - Nautical equipment such as ropes, tackle, etc.
GROUND TACKLES - The anchor and its accessories
GUNWALE - The top of a boat's side
HATCH - Located in the deck, it is an opening that has a secure cover
HEAD - A nautical commode
HEADING - The direction that the bow of the boat is pointed in
HEADWAY - The progress the ship makes as it moves across the water
HELM - The wheel that steers the ship
HELMSPERSON - The one who steers the boat
HOLD - A compartment used for storing cargo, located below the deck
HULL - The boat's main body
INBOARD - The inside of a boat
INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - ICW: A body of water that is used for boats to travel upon
JETTY - A structure that extends or jets out from the shore
KEEL - The line of the boat that extends through the center; also a barge
KNOT - A unit of speed that is understood to mean per hour (6080.27 feet)
LATITUDE - The distance north and south of the equator; latitude is measured in degrees
LEEWARD - The direction in which the wind blows
LEEWAY - The direction a boat drifts to leeward of the steered course
LINE - The rope or cords that are used on a boat
LOG - A record of nautical activities
LONGITUDE - Distance measured in degrees that determines east and west from the Prime Meridian
MIDSHIP - The middle of a ship; between the bow and stern
MOORING - Anchors or fastenings used to secure a boat
NAUTICAL MILE - The unit used for measuring nautical navigation; one nautical mile equals 1,852 meters or 6,076 feet
NAVIGATION - The act of passing over water in ships or boats
NAVIGATION RULES - Steering and sailing rules that govern how boats and ships pass over water
OUTBOARD - The outside of the hull of a boat
OVERBOARD - The place located outside the side or edge of a boat
PIER - A wharf or structure that is used as a landing place
PILE - A pole made of wood, stone, or metal used to support a pier.
PILING - Used for driving piles; or a structure composed of piles
PILOTING - Coastal navigation that utilizes soundings and buoys
PORT - Place in the water that is used to provide shelter for boats
PRIVELEGED VESSEL - A vessel that has the right of way according to Navigation Rules
QUARTER - The upper sides of a boat; between the stem and the mast
RODE - The line or rope attached to an anchor
RUDDER - Used for steering a boat; a hinged plate made of fiberglass, wood or metal that is mounted to the stern
RUNNING LIGHTS - Required lights that are displayed on a boat between sunrise and sunset
SATELLITE NAVIGATION - Navigation that uses satellite transmission via radio waves and equipment located on the boat
SCREW - The propeller on a boat
SCUPPERS - Holes in the side of a ship, used to allow water to drain.
SEAMANSHIP - The skill of navigating a boat or ship.
SEA ROOM - A location in sea where there is no obstructions; the space that is safe for navigating a boat or ship
SEAWORTHY - A boat that is deemed fit and safe for navigating or passing over water
SECURE - Tighten, or make fast
SET - To put forth in a specified direction
SLACK - To loose, not secure, or fast
SOUNDING - The measurement to determine the depth of water
SQUALL - A brief windstorm; usually comes on suddenly and is accompanied by either snow or rain
STARBOARD - It is the right side of a boat when one is facing forward
STEM - The part of the bow that extends the most forward
STERN - The part of a boat or ship that is in the rear
STERN LINE - A line or rope, used for docking that extends from the stern
STOW - To arrange or place items where they belong
TILLER - A lever that is used for steering a boat's rudder
WAKE - Waves, path, and the tracks left when a boat passes over water
WATERLINE - The line on the hull of a boat used to determine the depth a boat sinks
WAY - The movement of the boat as it passes over water: may be leeway, headway, or sternway
WINDWARD - Of the side that is exposed to the wind
By: Kathryn Ali
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Posted By: Stowaway Marine

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