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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)
VHF
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)
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)
Headway
The Forward motion of a vessel. The opposite of Sternway
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Aboard
On or in a vessel
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)
Sheepshank
A shortening Knot, which enables a Rope to be shortened through a doubling along the length. The Sheepshank will easily untie if tension is not maintained.
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)
Adrift
Floating free with the wind and currents.
The points of sail and seamanship (76 terms)
Heading
The Compass direction in which a vesselīs Bow points at any given time.
The parts of ships (131 terms)
Companionway
A staircase or latter that leads Below decks or between decks.
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Powder Monkey
A terms used to describe the shipīs boys (typically 7-10) on war ships that would carry gun powder from the magazeen to the gun decks and stand ready to pass pre-measured Charges to the men at the gun.
Key locations of the maritime world (20 terms)
Offing
1) The distance a vessel keeps from shore

2) The part of sea viewable in the distance from shore (beyone any Anchorage) any where vessels would navigate.

Rigging components and terms (104 terms)
Kicking-strap
The Martingale that prevents the Boom from rising when it swings outwards helping to keep the Sail flat to the wind and thereby providing more driving power.

This term is typically used in small racing dinghys whereas a Line or tackle with the same function on modern boats is usually referred to as the boom-vang

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)
Yacht
A sailboat or powerboat used for pleasure; ie: not a working Boat.
The various spars used aboard ship (6 terms)
Yard
A Spar usually fixed horizontally to a Mast that supports a Sail.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Daymark
A signboard attached to a Daybeacon to convey navigational information presenting one of several standard shapes and Colors. Daymarks usually have reflective material indicating the shape, but may also be lighted.
terms awaiting clasification (36 terms)
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Meteorology and its relationship to sailing (7 terms)
Squall
A sudden violent blast of wind.
 
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