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By Jack Lagan

A, B, Sea is an pleasing, entire advisor to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's thesaurus of nautical phrases comprises definitions for and cross-references to every little thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment version contains many new entries, a few basically from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for critical sailors. jam-packed with functional recommendation, it is a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated through passages from vintage books of the ocean, others through the author's studies aboard an American schooner with a eu engine and packing containers of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and unique dictionary comprise:

Bermuda Triangle: Given a decision among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you'll want to vote for the latter whenever. 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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A graphical display of the apparent wind direction in relation to the yacht is also a useful aid to sailing. If the anemometer is a reasonably sophisticated one and has access to the boat’s heading and speed though the water, it will be able to offer you the true wind speed and direction. ) apparent wind the wind experienced on a boat, being the combination of the true wind and the movement of the boat through the air; see vectors. archipelago a large group of islands. The word is thought to derive from the Greek for Aegean Sea, which, of course, contains a large group of islands.

Atoll a coral reef surrounding a lagoon. Believed to originate from a Malay word atolu, used by Maldive Islanders for their many islands, almost all of which conform to the above definition. 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).

There was little sleep after that, for first one and then the other of us would be rolled out of our bunks. The increasing size of the seas told us we were dragging, and when we struck the scoured channel we could tell by the feel of it that our two anchors were fairly skating across. It was a deep channel, the farther edge of it rising steeply like the wall of a canyon, and when our anchors started up that wall they hit in and held. Yet, when we fetched up, through the darkness we could hear the seas breaking on the solid shore astern, and so near was it that we shortened the skiff’s painter.

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