Sailing Vocabulary
Dictionary of Boating Terms
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Dictionary of Boating Sailing, Schooners, Naval, Ships, Boat and Seafaring Terms

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Gaff: - a free-swinging spar attached to the top of the sail.
Gaff rigged Sloop
Gale--
Force 8 on  the Beaufort wind scale 34 to 40 knots of wind.
Galley: - The kitchen of a ship.
Gallows- A frame used to rest the boom when the sail is down.
Gang Plank - Board or ramp used as a walkway from ship to dock
Gasket-Line used to secure a furled sail to the boom or yards.
Gear -A general term for ropes, blocks, tackle and other equipment
Genoa -- also known as genny, usually the biggest jib on the boat
Gentle Breeze--Force 3 on  the Beaufort wind scale 7 to 10 knots of wind.
Gibson Girl-- A portable radio transmitter used in life boats
Gimball -A device to suspend items, such as a compass or ships' stove, to keep it level.
Gimblet -To turn an anchor round by it's stock.
Give-way-vessel -A term, from the Navigational Rules, used to describe the vessel which must yield in meeting, crossing, or overtaking situations.
GMT -- Greenwich Meridian Time, also known as Universal Time or Zula Time
GPS- global positioning system; is a satellite-based radionavigation  used to determine position
Gooseneck-The fitting which secures the boom to the mast.
Grapnel-- a kind of  four pronged  anchor used to try to hook thing from the bottom
Great Circle - a course plotted on the surface of the globe that is the shortest distance between two points
Greek Galley   Early sailing vessel 500bc 
Grog-- A mixture of rum and water which was rationed to the enlistment of the British navy.
Ground Tackle - A collective term for the anchor and anchor gear
Gudgeon-- A socket on the stern of the vessel on which the rudder's pintle fits in that hold the rudder to the vessel  
Gun Deck-- Any deck with guns  on most of the old sailing ship it was a enclosed deck below the main deck.
Gun layer- One who aims or lay a gun
Gunwale (gunnel)-The upper railing of a boat's side.
Gunkholing - Cruising in shoal water or overnighting in small coves.

 

 

 


 
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