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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Burgee
Small flag often at the mast head which is often used to indicate wind direction.
Gooseneck
Universal joint fitting that links the end of the boom to the mast.
Sheave
Pulley wheel over which a rope passes.
Warp
Strong rope used for anchoring.
Telltales
Short pieces of yarn attached to the shrouds, or the sails. At the shrouds they indicate the direction of the wind (the apparent wind), and at the sails they help to check the air flow over the sail, so that proper trimming is easier.
Tackle
A system of ropes and blocks used to obtain a mechanical advantage or purchase.
Spring Tide
Tide with the greatest range in a four week cycle.
Reach
Sail with the wind abeam, or almost so.
Trim
How a boat floats, its attitude.
Starboard Side
The right hand side of the boat.
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