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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Spinnaker
Light parachute shaped head sail.
Mizzen
The sail set on the second (aftermost, or rear) mast - as on a ketch.
Trimaran
A three-hulled boat.
Burgee
Small flag often at the mast head which is often used to indicate wind direction.
Mainsail
The largest sail (apart from the spinnaker).
Spreaders
The wooden, metal or carbon struts attached horizontally to the upper section of the mast, on both sides. They widen the angle of the shrouds and thus provide a better support for the mast.
Knot
A nautical term for speed: one nautical mile per hour. Also a term indicating a method used to tie a line.
Buoy
Any object floating as a marker and anchored to the bottom. It may be used as a navigational aid, a means of mooring or as an indicator of a racing course.
Garboard
The lowest part of a hull next to the keel. The planks each side of the keel are the 'garboard strakes'.
Port side
The left side of the boat.
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