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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Broad Reach
Sailing with the wind slightly aft of the beam.
Topsides
The part of the hull above the water.
Apparent wind
The combination of the true wind and the wind caused by the boat's own speed. This is the wind felt on the boat, as well as the one shown by the telltales.
Outhaul
A device located on the aft part of the boom, used to secure the clew, so that the foot is kept tense.
Bail
To get rid of water accumulated in the boat. Dinghies are often fitted with self bailers which, when opened, drained water out of the boat.
Pulpit
Metal tubular guard rail at the bow.
Gooseneck
Universal joint fitting that links the end of the boom to the mast.
Displacement
Weight of water a craft displaces when afloat.
Block
A device containing at least one sheave (pulley wheel) for altering the direction of a rope.
Roach
Area between the curved leech of a mainsail and a straight line between the head and the clew.
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