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The Bigfella
07-09-2008, 01:07 AM
I thought it might be a good idea to kick off a dictionary of maritime terms to help our new members. Here's a couple of items.

Shower—Due to restricted space, limited water supplies, and the difficulty of generating hot water, showers on board ship are quite different from those taken ashore. Although there is no substitute for direct experience, a rough idea of a shipboard shower can be obtained by standing naked for two minutes in a closet with a large, wet dog!

Wake —1. Horizontal track in the water caused by passage of a boat..
- 2 Ceremony held if that track becomes vertical.

martin schulz
07-09-2008, 02:42 AM
Nice idea, but what is Shower?

07-09-2008, 11:06 AM
Is this along the lines of...

Boat -- a hole in the water into which you throw money.



David G
07-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Oar: a device used to row your dinghy back to the anchorage for the night; Also, the first word of the phrase, "Oar, we could just have another drink, and hope we start looking better to a couple of these cuties"

Jay Greer
07-09-2008, 01:18 PM
Club Hauling:
When you have had one too many at the Yacht Club bar and must be hauled out, from under, your bar stool!

John B
07-09-2008, 03:39 PM
Is this along the lines of...

Boat -- a hole in the water into which you throw money.



Boat. Bring over another thousand.

07-09-2008, 04:33 PM

1). Laterally mounted pole to which a sail is fastened. Often used during jibing to shift crew members to a fixed, horizontal position.
2). Loud noise made during a surprise jibe sometimes quieted by a grinder before swimming.
3). Sound made when a spirit stove is used to convert boat into a liquid asset.
4). Also called boom for the sound that's made when it hits crew in the head on its way across the boat. For slow crew, it's called `boom, boom.'

Heavy, stationary objects used on shipboard to hold down charts, anchor cushions in place and dampen sudden movements of the boom.

Club, Yacht Club, Racing Association:
Troublesome seasonal accumulation in costal areas of unpleasant marine organisms with stiff necks and clammy extremities. Often present in large numbers during summer months when they clog inlets, bays, and coves, making navigation almost impossible. The infestations are most serious along the coasts of Conneticut, Massachusetts, and Maine. They can be effectively dislodged with dynamite, but, alas, archaic federal laws rule out this option.

Decorative dummy found on sailboats. See CAPTAIN.

Rapture of the Deep:
Also known as nautical narcosis. Its symptoms include an inability to use common words, such as up, down, left, right, front, and back, and their substitution with a variety of gibberish which the sufferer believes to make sense; a love of small, dark, wet places; an obsessive desire to be surrounded by possessions of a nautical nature, such as lamps made from running lights and tiny ship's wheels; and a conviction that objects are moving when they are in fact standing still. This condition is incurable.

Stub your "toe"? Well then, it's time to brush up on your nomenclature! In nautical terms, a toe is a catchcleat or snagtackle. A few others: head - boomstop; leg - bruisefast; and hand - blistermitten.