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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)
GAR
A model used to assess risk. The USCG uses the GAR model when assessing the safety of a mission for example.
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)
Athwartships
At right angles to the fore-and-aft Line of the Boat; rowboat seats are generally positioned Athwartships.
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Leeward
The direction away from the wind.
The foods of the sea (2 terms)
Scurvy
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)
Knot
1. A speed of one Nautical mile per hour. (6076 feet) per hour.
2. A method of making a Line Fast to an object, another Line, itself, or for ornament.

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)
Wash
A specific component of the Wake consisting of loose and broken water. It includes water thrown Aft by the Propeller and the waves that roll off the side of the Boat.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
A-try
Lying under the trysail in a gale
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Iron-Jib
A toung in cheek term for an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Helmsman
The crew member currently responsible for steering the vessel.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Starboard
Right side of the Ship when facing Forward.

Named as such after a contraction called a Steering Board, from ancient ships. This was a Rudder like contraption that was situated on the right side of the vessel (as the left or Port side of the vessel needed to be kept free for tieing up to the Dock)

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Painter
A Line attached to the Bow of a small Boat used in towing or making fast
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Moonsail
The small light sails set above the skysails on square-rigged masts in light winds.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Sloop
A single-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel with a single headsail set from the forestay.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Jibboom
A Spar Forward of Bowsprit that supports the Forward most staysails.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Viol
An older name for the Messenger used to assist in weighing the Anchor.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
El Niņo
A warm inshore Current annually flowing south along the coast of Ecuador. About every seven to ten years it extends down the coast of Peru, where it has a devastating effect in that region and is oftin the cause of unusual weather patterns around the entire eastern Pacific Rim.
 
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