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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Bobstay
Brace from the end of a bowsprit to the lower point of the stern.
True Wind
The strength and direction of the actual wind blowing. While sailing, the true wind is never felt – it’s always a combination of the true wind, and the boat's speed (called the apparent wind), and it’s always a little forward to the true wind.
Winch
A mechanical device used to assist in pulling on lines. It is a reel-like part of the hardware.
Catamaran
A twin-hulled craft.
Up wind
Object nearer the direction the wind is coming from (than the observer).
Centreboard
A pivoting board that prevents the boat from sliding sideways.
Masthead
The top of the mast.
Rigging
The assembly of the boat.
Rowlocks
Used as guides for oars.
Furl
Roll up a sail.
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