To sail the yacht to windward, close hauled.
The area between the mast and the back of the yacht, the stern.
When a sailor is up the mast tending the rigging.
A collection of old ropes and yarns, made up into small balls to protect sails where they are liable to chafe on stays and shrouds.
It is the most popular of rigs today. The luff of the sail is connected to the mast usually by sliders. Or by the luff rope sliding up inside the mast in a grove. Bermudian Rig has three sides, but has a much higher mast and sail, requiring a lot more stays and gear to manage it. The traditional gaff sail has four sides.
In heavy weather and storm conditions, with no sails up, the yacht is moving forward under the wind pressure blowing through the rigging and mast.
A thin strip of wood or plastic slid into pockets to preserve the shape of the main sail. Batten pockets are sewn into the sail to hold the battens in place.
A stay that is fixed half-way up the mast secured to the foredeck.
The width of a yacht
The direction of an object at sea as seen through a compass. A compass bearing.
Where oil, water and rubbish collects at the bottom of a yacht.
A stay that secures the bowsprit to stop it lifting.
A painted strip around a boat at the waterline.
A spar that extends over the front of a yacht, held in place by the bobstay.
A built-in bed aboard a ship, typically with drawers and storage under the bunk.
A floating marker with a distinguishing colour and shape with a light above.
A club or owner's flag, shaped like a swallow's tail.
A vertical winch to haul in the anchor chain.
A plate lowered through the centre of a sailing vessel to prevent leeway.
The wearing effect of a sail rubbing on a halyard or stays. Sometimes protected with baggywrinkle
A steel plate secured on the deck or through the deck to take the strain of mast stays.
A steel device with two horns secured to the deck to tie ropes around.
The corner of a sail where the leech meets the foot.
Sailing a boat close to wind.
A mechanical device to lift a boat tender out of the water at the back of the boat.
The floor throughout the vessel.
The ceiling area under the deck.
The depth of water the boat floats in.
A tidal period when the tide is going out. Flowing from the land.
A flag that is flown from the stern of a boat, indicating the country the boat is registered in.
Nautical measurement of 6 feet.
An inflatable device to hang between boat and pontoon or dockside, to protect the side of the boat.
A shelf or table-top surround to stop items falling off in bad weather.
A pyrotechnic device when activated, can indicate the position of a vessel in distress.
The lowest edge of a sail.
When an anchor is fouled it has caught on something. Foul bottom - not a good place to anchor.
The height from the edge of the deck to the water.
The ship's kitchen
A plank laid down to bridge the distance between boat and shore.
The top edge of the side of a boat.
To alter course with the wind blowing from behind the boat, and the sails have to move from one side to the other
A flag that is hoisted half-way up the pole to respect the dead.
Ropes used to hoist sails.
Sturdy spring clips that attach sails to the stays.
A pipe that goes down through the for'd deck under the winch to guide the anchor chain and anchor.
Nautical name for the toilets on a boat.
To reduce speed, by sail to put the bows into wind and slow the boat.
A light line knotted at one end, thrown ashore when a boat is berthing alongside, the heaving line is tied to a mooring warp, pulled ashore and secured around a bollard.
When a boat is listing to one side or the other.
The wheel or the tiller that steers the boat. Helmsman the person driving the boat.
The boat owner's personal flag.
Is the watertight body of the boat, not including interior fittings or mast and stays.
A rope or line hanging over the side of a boat, in an un-seaman like fashion.
A triangular sail used as a forward headsail.
After a broken mast or rudder, a get me home rig is set up or to get the ship out of danger.
A lightweight anchor.
The substantial piece of wood that extends the length of the vessel. The keel is laid and the planks are formed to start the build.
A knot is one nautical mile per hour.
When a vessel is laid up it is out of action.
The first piece of land seen from a vessel when approaching from the sea.
The rear of a sail.
To prevent leeway on a shallow draft vessel, a heavy lee board is lowered over the side. The boards on a bunk to stop the occupant falling out.
The sideways drift of a vessel whilst under sail.
The record of daily distance sailed, stores that have come aboard, and any daily events that need recording.
The forward edge of the sail.
Vertical structure to support the sails.
An order to the helmsman to centralise the rudder.
When the range of the tide is at its smallest.
To ease out the rope or chain.
A term when the sea has flowed over the transom and flooded the vessel.
The left side of the boat when looking forward.
Reducing the sail area by drawing it down over the boom.
The ropes that raise, lower and control the sails on a yacht.
Round windows in the side of a boat, that opens for ventilation and light.
Splice the Main Brace
An issue of rum, for a special occasion.
A mooring rope that is tied to the front of the boat and secured to the quay approximately midships, and another rope that is secured amidships on the quay to the aft of the boat.
The sizes of various parts of the boat.
In a seamanlike fashion.
When there is a full moon the tide has its greatest range, referred to as spring tides.
The right hand side of the boat looking forward.
With the wind on the starboard side.
A simple device for turning the rudder.
When a boat is leaving its moorings, and proceeding to sea.
When the anchor has broken away from the sea bed.