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Glossary of Sailing & Marine Terms

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mainmast:
usually, the principal and the heaviest mast of two or more. In yawls and ketches, the forward mast is the mainmast; in schooners and vessels with more than two masts, it is the second mast from forward.
mainsail (main):
the sail which is attached to the mast and boom, usually the biggest working sail; often called simply the main.
marconi:
the name of a three-cornered sail whose luff sets on a mast-as opposed to the four-sided gaff-rigged sail; also called a Bermuda or jib-headed sail.
mean high water:
the average level of high tide for any area.
mean low water:
the average level of low tide for any area.
make fast:
to secure a line to an object; to doubly secure a cleated or otherwise tied-line by means of an added hitch.
marline:
a two-stranded nautical twine.
marlinespike:
a pointed metal tool used in splicing.
marry:
to unlay the ends of two lines and interlace the strands alternately, prior to splicing them.
MegaHertz (mHz):
a unit, equal to one million cycles per second, used to describe radio frequency.
mizzen:
the sail set on the aftermast of a yawl or ketch.
monel:
a strong, rust-resistant metal alloy composed of approximately 67 per cent nickel, 28 per cent copper and 5 per cent iron and manganese; commonly used for fastenings, propellers and parts of metal instruments.
mooring:
an anchor or weight, permanently attached to the sea floor, with a buoy going to the surface, used to hold the boat in a certain area

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nautical mile:
6,080 feet
measure of length at sea (2025 yards). 1 mile = 1,760 yards.
neap tide:
a tide of less than average range, occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon.
null:
the compass point at which a radio direction finder's directional antenna receives the weakest signal from a given RDF station, thereby indicating the station's bearing.

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offing:
seaward, a safe distance from shore.
omni:
a navigation system that provides bearings by means of a VHF radio signal: also known as visual omni range (VOR). The system was originally designed for aviators, but it's also used by mariners.
outhaul:
line used to pull out the foot of a sail
usually a line or tackle, an outhaul is used to pull the clew of the mainsail towards the end of the boom, thus tightening the foot of the sail.
overcast stitch:
a stitch that binds a fabric edge. It is made by drawing the needle through the fabric from the wrong side to the right side about 1/8 inch below the edge, then returning the needle to the wrong side-bringing it over the edge, not through the fabric-and then drawing it through from wrong to right side again.

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painter:
a line tied to the bow of a small boat for the purpose of securing it to a dock or to the shore.
pay out:
to slacken on a line.
pedestal:
a vertical post in the cockpit used to elevate the steering wheel into a convenient position.
pennant:
a triangular flag.
phosphorescence:
luminescence.
piano hinge:
a narrow rectangular hinge with a small-diameter pin and numerous holes for screws; used for joining two edges that require support all along their lengths.
pinch:
to sail as close as possible towards the wind.
pintle:
metal pin on which the rudder is hung.
pitch:
plunging of a vessel fore and aft.
point:
to turn closer towards the wind (point up).
port:
left side
the left side of the boat, looking forward; also, a contraction for porthole.
port tack:
sailing with the wind coming from the port side, with the boom on the starboard side.
preventer:
line and tackle which limits the movement of the boom, usually for the purpose of preventing accidents by preventing being swept overboard in severe conditions.
privileged vessel:
the ship with the right of way.
pulpit:
a metal framework on deck at the bow or stern. Provides a safety railing and serves as an attachment for the lifelines.

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quarter:
the side of a boat aft of beam and forward of the stern
either side of a boat's stern; to sail with the wind on the quarter.
quay:
wharf used to discharge cargo.

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CREDITS:
A Glossary of Sailing Terms · Special to the San Diego Daily Transcript
Glossary of Sailing Terms · Oze Mail
Glossary of Sailing Terms · Sailing Gulf Waters
Glossary of Sailing Terms · The Seed Organization
The Time-Life Library of Boating by Time-Life Books 1975
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company

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