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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)
Very High Frequency radio

For marine this includes frequences in the 2 metre band roughly 150-170 MHz the most important being 156.8 Mhz (Channel 16) the distress and calling frequency.

The things sailors do (8 terms)
A disturbed column of water around and behind a pleasure craft as it makes its way through the water. It includes both the charastic "V" shaped wave pattern and the turbulent wated thrown Back by the propellers.

A detailed look: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/jul2001/994688283.Ph.r.html

Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
1. Movement of a vessel going backwards over the ground.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
The weight of the water displaced by the vessel.
The foods of the sea (2 terms)
A disease historically common to seaman, caused by lack of Vitamin C the British Navy started to fight it bu adding lime juice to their water - this was the origin of the slan "Limey"
Various knots both functional and ornamental from the nautical to the ornamental and with both historic and present day value. (12 terms)
A Knot used to Secure one Rope to another object or to another Rope, or to form a loop or a noose in a Rope.

Hitches Fall into the general category of knots known as bends

Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
A disease historically common to seaman, caused by lack of Vitamin C the British Navy started to fight it bu adding lime juice to their water - this was the origin of the slan "Limey"
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
A turn or swing of the Boat that puts the after quarter or Beam of the Boat against the waves in a heavy sea, creating a danger of swamping or capsizing.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
In Irons
A sailboat with its Bow pointed directly into the wind, preventing the sails from filling properly so that the Boat can move.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
A wood or metal fitting with two horns around which ropes can be made Fast.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Stemming from ´Land Lover´ - this term is used by sailors to describe anyone lacking good seamanship or not sharing their love of the sea.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
A loading/landing platform extending at an angle from the shore.
Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Anchor bend
A type of Knot used to fasten an Anchor to its Line.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
The collection of sails (jibs and staysails) foreward of the Foremast.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Any type of vessel designed for high speed used primairly for SAR and in the military
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
After mast  the 4th Mast on a five or 6 masted Schooner or sailing Ship carrying a spanker, or the mizzen Mast of a Yawl or a Ketch.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
A fixed structure (Navigation aid) on shore or in shallow waters upon which is placed one or more daymarks.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
none found
Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
A sudden violent blast of wind.
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