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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Reach - sailing with a beam wind
Ready about - prepare to come about
Reef - to reduce the size of a sail
Reefing-The operation of reducing a sail by taking in one or more of the reefs.
Reef-bands- Pieces of canvass, about six inches wide, sewed on the fore part of sails, where the points are fixed for reefing the sail.
Reef Points-short line thu the reef band to secure the foot of the sail
Rigging: - the lines that hold up the masts and move the sails (standing and running rigging).
Rode - The anchor line and/or chain
ROPES. - All cordage in general, above one inch in circumference, which bear different names, according to their .various uses, Bolt Rope Bolt Rope is the rope sewed to the skirts or edges of sails. Buoy Rope. - A rope fastened to the buoy of the anchor. Breast Rope is fastened along the laniards of the shrouds, for safety, when heaving the lead in the chains. Davit Rope is the lashing which secures the davit to the shrouds, when out of use. Enter- 1ng Ropes hang from the upper part of the stanchions alongside the ladder at the gangways. Guest Rope is f?-stened to an eye- bolt in the ship's side, and to the outer end of a boom, project- ing from the ship's side, by guys, to keep the boats clear off the sides. H eeZ Rope is to haul out jib-booms, and the bowsprits of cutters, &c. Passing Ropes lead round the ship, through eyes'
in the quarter, waist, gangway, and forecastle stanchions, for- ward to the knight-heads. Ring Ropes are occasionally made fast to the ring-bolts in the deck, and by .cross-turns round the cable, to confine it securely in stormy weather.
from the The Art of Rigging
Royal- Sail above topgallant on Square rigger
Rudder: - a fin or blade attached under the hullís stern used for steering.
RUNNING LIGHTS-Navigation lights tell other vessels not only where you are, but what you are doing
Running Rigging- lines which run through pulleys and block and tackle, that are used to adjust the sails and yards Running Rigging of a Merchant Ship

 
 


 
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