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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Wake
Disturbed water left astern.
Luff
The fore edge of a sail or to force a boat to your windward side up into the wind.
Adrift
Floating without any means of propulsion and without mooring.
Pintle
Part of a rudder hinge that fits into a gudgeon.
Pulpit
Metal tubular guard rail at the bow.
Aloft
Overhead, above deck level.
Heave to
Adjust sails and rudder so boat stops safely.
Draft
Depth a hull is immersed, from the surface of the water to the lowest point of the hull, keel or other extension.
Ballast
A very heavy material, such as lead or iron, placed in the keel of the boat, or in the bilge. It is used to provide stability. In sailing dinghies the crew uses their weight as ballast.
Tack
To sail through the wind during an upwind course. Also means the front lower point of a sail.
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