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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)
Pay out
To feed out Line, hand over hand - usually over the side of the vessel.
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)
Zephyr
1. A gentle breeze.

2. The West wind.

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)
Sheetbend
A Knot used to tie two ropes of unequal thickness together.

Also known as the weaverīs knot

Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 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"
Specific sailing maneuvers (33 terms)
wing and wing
A method of running before the wind with two sails set. Usually the Mainsail on one side and the Fore or headsail on the other, or one headsail on each side.

- Incidentally the SALTS logo consists of a Schooner running Wing and Wing

The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Collision Regulations
A detailed series of rules and laws that describe:
1) steering and sailing rules for vessels
2) lights and shapes rules for different type of vessels
3) sound and light signals


The parts of ships (131 terms)
Stay
1) A Line or wire from the Mast to the Bow or Stern of a Ship, for support of the Mast (Fore, Back, running, and triadic stays).

2) To make something Fast - "Stay that ..."

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)
Inboard
1. Within the confines of a vessels Hull - above or Below decks

2. Towards the sides of the Hull when referring to an object on the Outboard side.

3. A motor fitted inside the Boat.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Reef Points
Short Lines through a Sail at the reef band to Secure the Foot of the Sail to the Boom or Yard and thus reduce itīs effective area.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Fully battened
A Sail having battens that run the full horizontal length of the Sail.
Types of vessels and some famous examples (22 terms)
Monohull
A Boat with a single Hull as opposed to a multi-hull vessel.
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)
Boathook
A pole with a hook at one end used for picking up a mooring bouy, holding on to a Dinghy, etc...
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Quartering Sea
When the wind, and thus the waves, are falling on a boatīs quarter.
 
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