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By Jack Lagan

A, B, Sea is an exciting, complete advisor to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's thesaurus of nautical phrases contains definitions for and cross-references to every little thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment variation comprises many new entries, a few only from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for critical sailors. filled with sensible recommendation, it is a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated via passages from vintage books of the ocean, others by means of the author's reviews aboard an American schooner with a ecu engine and containers of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and enjoyable dictionary comprise:

Bermuda Triangle: Given a call among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you want to vote for the latter each time. the USA Coast defend definitely does.
carry away, to: while any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...

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1 minutes. aloft up the mast in the rigging making repairs, taking photographs, looking out over a shallow bank of fog, feeling somewhat vulnerable. amidships usually refers to the fore-and-aft line of a vessel but more generally might refer to the center section of a boat; when the helm is “midships,” the rudder aligns with the fore-and-aft line and, therefore, is encouraging the vessel to travel in that direction, but never guaranteeing that it will. anchor a device designed to hook into the seabed and, via a chain or rode, hold a boat in place.

Then the wind went to south and I lowered the mizzen staysail and set the mainsail, lowered the big genoa and set the working jib. So it went on. Whichever tack I went on was the wrong one. By the fifth day I was becalmed off Cape Sorrell, Tasmania, having covered only 330 miles in five days. We ghosted along, getting south. I got the anchor stowed below deck, and re-stowed some of the stores to lighten the yacht forward. I turned out some old, rusty tins and dumped them overboard. The elements were to pay Sir Alec back for his decision to finally dispense with the chicken supreme.

Doing this with the foresail can be a means of using the wind to push the bow around. If you push the helm to the new leeward side, though, it can cause the boat to heave to—a quick way of stopping a yacht. backing down to maneuver a sport fishing boat in reverse in order to be able to gain line and, eventually, land a fish. backstaff a navigation instrument dating from Renaissance times but still in use in the 18th century; while measuring the altitude of the noon sun, the observer would have his back to the sun.

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