Easy Guide to Talking Salty
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Amidships – condition of being surrounded by boats.
Anchor – a device designed to bring up mud samples from the bottom at inopportune or unexpected times.
Anchor Light – a small light used to discharge the battery before daylight.
Berth – a little addition to the crew.
Boom – sometimes the result of a surprise jibe.
Bottom Paint – what you get when the cockpit seats are freshly painted.
Chart – a type of map which tells you exactly where you are aground.
Clew – an indication from the skipper as to what he might do next.
Companionway – a double berth.
Dead Reckoning – a course leading directly to a reef.
Deadrise – getting up to check the anchor at 0300.
Deviation – any departure from the Captain’s orders.
Dinghy – the sound of the ship’s bell.
Displacement – when you dock your boat and can’t find it later.
Estimated Position – a place you have marked on the chart where you are sure you are not.
First Mate – crew member necessary for skippers to practice shouting instructions to.
Foul Wind – breeze produced by flying turkey.
Freeboard – food and liquor supplied by the owner.
Headway – what you are making if you can’t get the toilet to work.
Heave-Ho – what you do when you’ve eaten too much Ho.
Jibe – either you like it or you don’t and it gets you.
Keel – term used by 1st mate after too much heel by skipper.
Landlubber – anyone on board who wishes he/she were not.
Latitude – the number of degrees off course allowed a guest.
Mast – religious ritual used before setting sail.
Mizzen – an object you can’t find.
Ram – an intricate docking maneuver sometimes used by experienced skippers.
Rhumb Line – two or more crew members waiting for a drink.
Sheet – cool, damp, salty night covering.
Shroud – equipment used in connection with a wake.
Starboard – special board used by skippers for navigation (usually with “Port” on the opposite side.)
Swell – a wave that’s just great.
Square Rigger – a rigger over 30.