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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Oakum tarred hemp or manila fibers made from old and condemned ropes which have been picked apart. They were used for caulking the seams of decks and sides of a wooden ship in order to make them watertight.
Oar- A long shaft with a blade at one end most often used in pairs on on each side of the boat (rowing)
Oarlock- a fitting (or fulcrum)  on a boat that holds the oars in place while the boat is being rowed.
Oilskin- Garments treated with linseed or other oils for waterproofing. Also maybe used as a slag for foul weather gear
Old salt
-- a very experienced and/or old sailor
Outboard -Toward or beyond the boat's sides. A detachable engine mounted on a boat's stern.
Outhaul - the line that adjust tension along the foot of the sail along the boom
Outdrive -A propulsion system for boats with an inboard engine operating an exterior drive, with drive shaft, gears, and propeller; also called stern-drive and inboard/outboard.
Overboard--Over the side or out of the boat.

 
 


 
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