“Gunwale” (pronounced GUNN-ell) is the edge of the boat where the hull meets the deck; The name derives from the lip at the edge of the bridge that once prevented cannons from gliding into the sea as the ship rolled. The toilet of a boat is called a “head”, which takes its name from its traditional position in the head or bow of the ship. The cabins and other compartments inside the boat are separated by “bulkheads” (walls), which are vertical bulkheads between the cabin floor (floor) and the underside of the deck, giving structural stability to the boat`s design. You may know the difference between a bow and stern, port or starboard and may be able to tell the difference between a bow line and an eyelet clutch, but if you don`t know which is the opposite of the stern or the opposite of the wind, it`s time to refresh the conditions of your sailboat. POUPE – The next part of the boat in nautical terms. The stern of a boat is the aft part of the ship. It is the opposite of the bow of a boat, which is the bow. Also bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb ketch or ship bombing. Overall, this term originally referred to the way sails captured the wind. In reference to the ability to navigate in the wind and was awesome from the wind. If a sailboat could do both, then overall it sailed well.

Hand Over Fist: This phrase usually refers to making money and means that you collect it very quickly. The nautical origins of the expression refer to sailors who quickly pull ropes on a ship. Jack Line – A line that runs from the cockpit forward to the bow of the boat inside the railing for safety reasons. By attaching ourselves to the jack line with the lanyard of our seat belts, we were able to minimize losses at sea when we went to the crew in a heavy Jack-Tar – a sailor from the time of the clipper ship, so called because they tarred their hair to prevent infection and facilitate the cutting of jetsam – debris, Thrown objects, swim to the sea arrow – a foresail. On a cutter it is the foremost sail, unlike the cable-stayed sail between the Fock and the Mainjibe – also Gybe; Change of course to another while sailing against the wind. Jiffy Reefing A quick method of reffencing. The lines pull down the protrusion and leech of the sail, reducing its area. Jig – Fishing technique in which a weighted bait is lowered just above the ground, then alternately shaken and lowering the rod upwards Jumping stay A short stay that supports the upper front part of the mast. The support leg runs from the top of the mast to the front on a short jump leg, then descends to the mast, usually at the spreaders. kapu — also tapu (Tahitian); to be taboo. In Polynesian society, in addition to forbidden places, there were also various cultural keels: The underwater fin fixed on the hull, which ensures stability and prevents the boat from sliding sideways.

Keelson Structural element above and parallel to the keel. Kick-up Describes a rudder or center that pivots backwards and upwards when an obstacle is encountered. Useful when a boat needs to be blocked. Ketch – a two-masted ship with a small mast mounted forward of the rudder station knot – one nautical mile (equivalent to 1.15 miles or 1.852 km). In addition, one of the different tangles of lines formed by the methodical passage of the knot – one unit of speed, one knot = 6,076 feet per hour The cannon whale of a boat is the upper part of the sides of the boat. In ship terminology, a gunwal definition is the upper edge of the ship`s side. When these ships arrived at port, they had to dock to keep the rudder safe outside, away from the wharf. Thus, the “port” side referred to the left side of the ship when facing forward, the side attached to the dock once the ship entered the dock. Another term you may have heard is “larboard,” which was in use until the mid-19th century. Like Port, it also referred to the left side of the ship, which was determined by the point of view of someone facing the bow. Flag P – Flag of signal, known as “Blue Peter” [blue square in a white ship, the ship is about to go to sea. Pahua – giant clam found in tropical waters painter – a leash attached to the bow of a small boat to attach it to a dock or shore Pareau – (traditional Polynesian scarf of one piece); also lava [Samoan and Hawaiian]; Party – melee or rupture Paul Gaugin – French painter known for his Marquesan and Tahitian works after 1891 pay – slump on a pedestal of line A vertical pole in the cockpit was used to lift the steering wheel into a comfortable position.

Pennant – a triangular flag phosphorescence – pinch luminescence – to sail as close as possible to the wind Pinching: See feathers. Pitching – immersing a ship forward and backward Plumeria – a fragrant flowering tree found in the tropics and subtropical points – to face the wind (point upwards) Navigation points: The directions of a sailboat in relation to the wind, i.e. updraft, close to reach, range, wide span, against the wind. Polaris – the North Star, the star above the North Pole and the center of rotation of the Earth – with a wave swept on the stern of the boat port – the left side of the boat; Also a port port to port – sailing with the wind on the port side, with the boom on the starboard side port: The left side of a boat (if you look forward). Preventive device – line and device that limits the movement of the boom, usually to prevent accidents by preventing them from being carried overboard in difficult conditions Preferred ship – the ship with priority gear – when rowing to row an oar, put your back in the pulpit A metal frame on the deck at the front or aft. Provides a safety ramp and serves as a fastener for lifelines. Pushpit Colloquial, a pulpit at the stern. Enter – to enter a port Now that you know the basic terms of the boat, how about speaking like a sailor? You will find that they are two very different things. While all of these official terms and names are important to know, there are more. If you spend a lot of time with sailors, you can start learning boat slang. Less officially, but no less important, boat slang can convey as much information as these other terms.

Many of them come to us from naval tradition or even piracy, and some have gone beyond nautical in our daily lives. The Devil to Pay: This is a funny one that is often poorly explained. On a ship, the devil referred to the seam of the hull at deck level. It is said to have been the most difficult of all seams to seal, hence its devil name. Paying the devil wanted to seal this seam. However, this is not the term origin. Rather, it seems that sailors took the pre-existing term and used it to describe what they were doing. The true expression is more than 100 years older than nautical use. There are many stories of terms that refer to people who do business with the devil who have to be paid, including the very famous Faust story.

Knots: We knots Nautical speed is measured in knots, but why? In the 17th century, sailors used what is known as an ordinary log or log of chips to measure speed. It was a piece of wood that served as a float at the end of a rope. Knots were tied into the rope every 47 feet 3 inches. A sailor let these knots pass through his hands while the ship was sailing, and the timing was measured with a 30-second hourglass. The number of knots passing through the sailor`s hands indicated speed. Also drogher, raft boat, wooden drogher or wooden ship. This glossary of nautical terms is an alphabetical list of terms and expressions associated with ships, navigation, seamanship and navigation on the water (primarily, but not necessarily, at sea). Some are still current, while many date from the 17th to the 19th century. The word nautical is derived from the Latin nauticus, from the Greek nautikos, from nautēs: “sailor”, from nus: “ship”. To make your life easier, we`ve put together a concise glossary of every boat definition, nautical word and ship terminology you`ll need to know, with simple, easy-to-understand definitions and links to more detailed sources if needed. Deep Six: This is used to get rid of something.

In nautical terms, a breaststroke was six feet, so you`d throw something you imagine, or about the height of a sailor if you took it low. Nautical terms may seem like a foreign language to beginners, but they are part of a proud tradition. They are often handy and will definitely add to your confidence once they become part of your own repertoire. On this page you can learn to speak like a sailor – but remember that it takes more than words to steer a boat. AFT – To the stern of the boat. The stern of a ship is located at the stern of the ship or at the stern of a vessel. The origin of words and phrases is often steeped in myths, legends and outright hoaxes. Many terms assumed to be of nautical origin are in fact not nautical at all. You will find many websites that claim these stories as true origins. It`s always good to do a little more research just to be sure. None of these terms and expressions are actually nautical. Many nautical terms have historical significance that has evolved over the centuries.

For example, “starboard” (the right side of the boat when facing the bow) derives from the term “governress”. This reference goes back to the very first ships steered by a rudder on the right side of the ship – back when ships had oars in the center. “Learning the ropes” has become a modern idiom, but it is rooted in the era of sailboats, where trainees had to be able to identify each of the many ropes on board – for clarity, quick action and safety. Today, ropes on boats are often referred to as “lines,” and there are some worth memorizing so you`re ready to give or follow clear orders.