By Jack Lagan
A, B, Sea is an exciting, finished advisor to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's word list of nautical phrases contains definitions for and cross-references to every thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment variation contains many new entries, a few in basic terms from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for severe sailors. full of sensible recommendation, it is a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated by way of passages from vintage books of the ocean, others via the author's studies aboard an American schooner with a ecu engine and bins of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and unique dictionary contain:
Bermuda Triangle: Given a call among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you'll want to vote for the latter each time. the U.S. Coast protect definitely does.
carry away, to: whilst any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...
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Satellite navigation systems such as GPS are the only known practical application of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. See gps, Galileo. 6. Seamen in the days of sail were allowed to wear a ring through one ear to show they had passed the Cape of Good Hope and in the other after passing Cape Horn. See earring. Similarly, officers were allowed to put a foot on the Wardroom table for each Cape passed. 7. To seduce the maggots and weevils out of their hard tack biscuits, sailors would cover a plate of them with fresh fish entrails.
Auxiliary engines engines on sailing yachts are so called because they are the secondary source of power, sail being the first. Many ocean voyagers pride themselves in being able to manage without any auxiliary power. Some sail onto moorings and anchorages, others row with big oars (Joshua Slocum used sculling oars). Sailing into crowded waters however is frowned upon—not least by the owners of adjacent boats. The other disadvantages of being engine-less are the need to rely on other means of generating electricity for light and instruments and the absence of any means of producing hot water in sufficient quantities for a shower.
Small-Boat Sailing” from The Human Drift by Jack London, 1911 Having been in the situation where we had a Bruce and a CQR out and we were still heading backward toward the beach, take my word for it: choose your anchorage carefully and have an escape strategy should you need it. See bitts, winch, painter. anchor light an anchor light (or “riding light”) is not just a common-sense safety feature in busy anchorages, it is also a requirement under the Colregs (US: NavRules): Rule 30 states that a) A vessel at anchor shall exhibit where it can best be seen: (i) in the fore part, an all-round white light or one ball; (ii) at or near the stern and at a lower level than the light prescribed in subparagraph (i), an all-round white light.
A, B, Sea. A Loose-Footed Lexicon by Jack Lagan