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Nautical Dictionary
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Bollard
Strong point for securing a rope. This may be ashore or on another vessel.
Warp
Strong rope used for anchoring.
Adrift
Floating without any means of propulsion and without mooring.
Stand-on vessel
A boat that has the right-of-way over the give-way vessel. It must maintain its course and speed.
Fender
Protective pad fitted around a boat (sometimes applied to hanging pads).
Amidships
In the middle of the boat.
Quarter
Direction between astern and abeam is 'on the quarter' (the corner between the gunwhale and the transom on each side).
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.
Cleat
A fitting for securing a line. It can be wooden, metal or nylon.
Lug
Four-sided sail that goes forward as well as aft of the mast.
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