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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Shroud
The wires holding the mast at the sides.
Amidships
In the middle of the boat.
Ease
Let out.
Sheave
Pulley wheel over which a rope passes.
Sloop
A single-masted craft with a mainsail and one sail forward of the mast.
Helm
Tiller or other steering gear.
Trimaran
A three-hulled boat.
Bare poles
In a very strong wind it is possible to be propelled by the force of the wind on only the mast and the boom. To sail in such a way is called ‘bare poles’.
Mooring
Permanent anchorage. It consists of a heavy weight (or anchor), a chain of a certain length and a buoy. Mooring is also often used for piers, instead of pilings.
Go About
Change tack to bring wind to the other side.
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