Sailing Vocabulary F
Dictionary of Boating Terms
Sailing, Schooner, Boats Ship and Seafaring
Fairlead -a means of leading a rope in the most convenient way 2. a
fitting used to change the direction of a line without chafing
Fall-The hauling part of the tackle to which power is applied.
Fake- One circle of a coil or rope. To coil or arrange a rope
ornamentally with each fake flat, or almost flat, on the deck, usually in a
circle or figure-of-eight pattern.
Fantail-Rear or aft overhang of vessel.
Fast -Said of an object that is secured to another.
Fathom-Measurement of six feet.
Fender-cushions used over the side to protect a vessel from chafing
when alongside another vessel or dock
The distance that wind and seas (waves) can travel toward land without being
blocked. In areas without obstructions the wind and seas can build to great
strength, but in areas such as sheltered coves and harbors the wind and seas
can be quite calm. Fetch is also used to describe the act of sailing to a
location accurately and without having to tack.
Fid -A pointed tool used to separate strands of rope.
Fiddle-A small rail on tables and counters used to
keep objects from sliding off when heeled or in heavy seas.
Field Day - Time set aside for cleaning
Fife Rail-A rail around the mast with hole for belaying pins
Figurehead - carved figure on the front of the ship
Figure Eight knot - A stopper knot for the end of the rope
fix -- the determined boat's position
Flake to- To lay a rope or chain upand down on the deck so the whole
length is exposed.
Flame arrester -A safety device, such as a metal mesh protector, to
prevent an exhaust backfire from causing an explosion; operates by absorbing
Flare -The outward curve of a vessel's sides near the bow. A distress
flood - incoming tidal current
flotsam -- floating items of a ship or its cargo at sea, floating
Line Box - Board with spindles along the end to keep the line fair
and prevent fouling when projectile is shot is fired from the Lyle Gun
Flying bridge -An added set of controls above the level of the normal
control station for better visibility. Usually open, but may have a
collapsible top for shade.
fluke - the digging end of the anchor; also wind irregularity
Following Sea -An overtaking sea that comes from astern.
Foícísle / fore castle The extreme forward compartment of the vessel
Foot - the bottom part of a sail.
Force 8 -- gale force wind on the Beaufort Wind Scale
Fore the forward part of the vessel
Foredeck - the forward part of a boat's main deck
Foremast:the mast in the forepart of a vessel, nearest the bow.
Foresail: - is set on the foremast of a schooner or the lowest
square sail on the foremast of Sq riggers
Fore and aft -In a line parallel to the keel.
Forward -Toward the bow of the boat.
Fouled -Any piece of equipment that is jammed or entangled, or
Founder -When a vessel fills with water and sinks. .
Frames: - the wooden ribs that form the shape of the hull.
Freeboard -The minimum vertical distance from the surface of the
water to the gunwale
Fronts-Used in meteorology to describe bounderies
between hot and cold air masses. This is typically where bad weather is
curved or vertical timber that fasten together make the ribs of the ship.
Full and by -A sailing ship with all sails set and full sailing close
to the wind
Full keel-A keel that runs the length of the boat.
Full keels have a shallower draft than fin keels.
Full-rigged-ship a fully square rigged ship with three or
Fully battened -A sail having battens that run the
full horizontal length of the sail.
Furl - to fold or roll a sail and secure it to its main support