A snap - plastic or stainless steel - attached to the luff of the jib, used to attach the jib to the
A line used to raise things on a boat, for example "the main halyard" is the line used to raise the
mainsail. It is a part of running rigging.
Harden A Sheet
Haul it in.
A small opening with a "door" on deck, allowing entry under the deck.
The top part of a triangular sail. OR A toilet in a cruiser boat.
Wood or metal plate fixed in the head of a sail.
Any sail located in front of the main mast.
Adjust sails and rudder so boat is stopped safely.
Tiller or other steering gear.
The body of a boat
Within the boat.
All way lost when attempting to tack. The boat is pointing into the wind with the sails flapping, but it will
not pay off on to either tack by its own momentum and is temporarily out of control.
The horns on the end of a gaff to fit on each side of the mast.
The front sail.
The line used to pull the jib in or let it out.
A weighted extension of a boat running below it that prevents the boat from sliding sideways.
Light tackle angled from the boom to a lower part of the mast or some point on the floor
of the boat. Used to tension the boom. Also known as the boom vang.
Sometimes used to indicate spinnaker.
A nautical term for speed: one nautical mile per hour. Also a term indicating a
method of tying a line.
Thin line holding gear in place. The lashing on the end of a shroud.
To tie something using a light rope.
Alternative to a keel for preventing a boat moving sideways through the water. They are arranged on each side
of the hull, but only one on the leeside is lowered.
The aft edge of the triangular sail - the one that's not attached to anything.
Shore on which the wind is blowing from seawards.
The direction to which the wind is blowing.
Buoyant garment. In Britain the name is reserved for one that will turn a person the rightway up. Otherwise its called
a buoyancy aid.
The fore edge of a sail.
To luff up means to bring the boat's bow so close to the wind, that the leech of the sail begins to flap.
Four sided sail that goes forward as well as aft of the mast.
The largest sail. (Except for the spinnaker.)
The line used to pull the mainsail in or let it out.
The pole attached to the deck at the right angle, holding up the sails.
The top of the mast.
The sail set on the second (aftermost, or rear) mast - as on a ketch.
Permanent anchorage. It consists of a heavy weight (or an anchor), a chain of a certain length, and a
buoy. Mooring is also often used for piers, instead of pilings.