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The Bosunīs Mate Glossary of Terms

The Bosunīs Mate dictionary of Nautical Terms has been compiled from many sources and is constantly being augmented and revised in our attempt to capture as much of the rich yet complicated (and often conflicting) maritime termonology as possible.

You will find an extensive list of information about all sorts of nautical items from sailorīs knots to the sailors themselves, and from ships to the weather patterns of the seas they ply.

Random terms, by category

Abbreviations and Acronyms (41 terms)
LOA
The total lenth of a vessel´s Hull measured from the furthest point Forward the the aftermost part - not including spars that protrude (eg: Bowsprit)
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Skylarking
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Bearing
The direction of an object expressed as an agnle in degrees or Compass points from the vessel´s meridian, or , sometimes, from the direction of the Bow, Stern, or Beam.

An answer to the question "Where Away"

Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Gybe
1. To go from one Tack to the other when running with the wind coming over the Stern.

2. The moment when the Boom swings across the Hull while changing tacks in this manner.

If handeled correctly a Fore and Aft rigged vessel should be able to Gybe safely regardless of wind strength. This is accomplished through easing Preventer tackle (if any) and by hauling in the main sheets so that there is less travel for the main Boom during the Gybe.

An unintentional Gybe, which can be the result ...
The foods of the sea (2 terms)
Sea-pie
A favorite dish for the crew of tall ships. It could consist of almost anything, but the propper dish consisted of layers of meat, vegetables, and fish alternating with crusts of bread and/or broken biscuit - affectionately referred to as a Two or Three decker based on the number of layers.
Various knots both functional and ornamental from the nautical to the ornamental and with both historic and present day value. (12 terms)
Lash
1) To Secure or bind something using Rope or twine.
Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Skylarking
Playing by climbing around in the Rigging. Especially when done as high as possible.  
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
Gybe
1. To go from one Tack to the other when running with the wind coming over the Stern.

2. The moment when the Boom swings across the Hull while changing tacks in this manner.

If handeled correctly a Fore and Aft rigged vessel should be able to Gybe safely regardless of wind strength. This is accomplished through easing Preventer tackle (if any) and by hauling in the main sheets so that there is less travel for the main Boom during the Gybe.

An unintentional Gybe, which can be the result ...
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Nip
A vessel is said to be Nipped or beset when caught between ice-flows in Antarctic or Arctic waters.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
SART
A device that emits a responce in the band used by RADAR Transcievers when it detects a signal from the same. It creates a distinctive pattern on the receiving RADAR display which can be used to locate the object.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
ARTE
A team of members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary - Pacific that work to help the various units around the coast with their training and also evaluate members at higher levels - to help ensure that everyone is meeting the same standards.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
With the straightforward meaning of being in a troublesome spot, the interesting thing is the origin of this expression.

The deep blue sea part is obvious - but in this case the "devil" is not the scary guy with horns but the Hull plank closest to the waterline where barnacles and marine growth gather the heaviest.

The crew on long voyages would always spend time maintaining the Ship and scraping the growth off this area was one of the nastiest of jobs.

Both due to the fact t...
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Rigging
The Lines that support the spars and move the sails and yards (standing and running Rigging)
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Batten Pockets
Pockets in a Sail where battens can be placed to stiffen the Sail.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Knockabout
A type of Schooner without a Bowsprit.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Topmast
A second Spar carried at the top of a Mast, used to fly more Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Anemometer
An instrument for measuring the strength (speed) of the wind
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Force 8
Gale force wind on the Beaufort Wind Scale
 
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