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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)
IMO
International Maritime Organization
The things sailors do (8 terms)
Jettison
1. To throw Overboard.

2. To expell or otherwise remove.

Why say back when you can say aft instead! (20 terms)
Port
When facing Forward, the Left side of the vessel
Common sayings and expressions from maritime lore (149 terms)
Batten down
Secure hatches and loose objects both within the Hull and on Deck.
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)
Reef-knot
A very common Knot used to Bend two Lines of the same diameter. If used to tie Lines of differing diameter it may slip.
Bits and bobs from life aboard ship (5 terms)
Q flag
All yellow signal flag meaning "My vessel is healthy and I request free passage.
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)
Lee-shore
1. A shore that wind blows onto; it is best to Stay well off a Lee shore in a storm.

2. Sometimes used as a metaphor in an expression to signify danger.

The parts of ships (131 terms)
Cordage
A general term for ropes and/or lines
Important people and/or their positions in nautical history (14 terms)
Limey
A nickname for British sailors coined by the Americans. It referrs to the British regulation that all registered ships had to cary a supply of lime juice and issue the same to the crew to prevent Scurvy.
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)
Deadeye
A Block with three holes uses to receive the laniard of a Shroud or a Stay and provide some Purchase to adjust tension.
Sails, their parts and materials (30 terms)
Genoa
Also known as a Genny or Jumbo, usually the largest Forward staysail on the vessel
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)
Jibboom
A Spar Forward of Bowsprit that supports the Forward most staysails.
The tools of the trade (27 terms)
Marlinspike
A tool for opening the strands of a Rope while splicing - typically made from metal but sometimes from wood or bone depending on desired use.
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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