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Nautical Dictionary
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Tack
To sail through the wind during an upwind course. Also means the front lower point of a sail.
Tiller
A spar attached to the rudder by the rudder head, used to control the direction of the boat. A steering wheel is another mechanism.
Stand-on vessel
A boat that has the right-of-way over the give-way vessel. It must maintain its course and speed.
Port Tack
Sailing with the wind coming over the port bow.
Bow
The front end of a boat.
Yaw
Swinging unintentionally from side to side of the intended course.
Bulkhead
Upright partition across the boat.
Lifejacket
Buoyancy garment. In Britain the name is reserved for one that will turn a person the right way up. Otherwise it’s called a buoyancy aid.
Cockpit
The rear boat area where the crew operates the boat (also referred to as the area below decks).
Headboard
Wood or metal plate fixed in the head of a sail.
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