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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Transom
Board forming the flat aft end of a hull.
Spinnaker
Light parachute shaped head sail.
Cleat
A fitting for securing a line. It can be wooden, metal or nylon.
Broad Reach
Sailing with the wind slightly aft of the beam.
Aground
When a boat is stranded on the shore, or on the bottom of the body of water, it is said to have ‘run aground’.
Gybe
Change direction with the wind aft so that the sails are blown across the boat.
Lash
To tie something using a light rope.
Battens
Thin strips of wood or plastic inserted into batten pockets used to stiffen the leech (to preserve the shape of the sail).
Bow
The front end of a boat.
Centreline
The centre of the boat - from stern to bow.
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