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Nautical Dictionary
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Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
Luff up
To bring the boat's bow so close to the wind that the leech of the sail begins to flap.
Shroud
The wires holding the mast at the sides.
Thwart
Crosswise member, provides hull stiffness and forms a seat in the boat.
Keel
A weighted extension of a boat running below it that prevents the boat from sliding sideways.
Traveler
A track (usually metal) with a sliding fixture. The fixture usually holds the main sheet and the sliding allows for changing sail angles.
Vang
Steadying rope (see kicking strap).
Gunwhale
Top side of a boat.
Gaff
A spar in a gaff rig (four sided sails) to which the top side of the sailed is attached.
Spinnaker
Light parachute shaped head sail.
Headsail
Any sail located in front of the main mast.
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