By Jack Lagan
A, B, Sea is an interesting, complete advisor to the language and lore of 21st-century seafarers. This playful mariner's thesaurus of nautical phrases contains definitions for and cross-references to every little thing from aft to zenith, brass monkey to tuna tower. This moment version contains many new entries, a few in basic terms from the swashbuckler vernacular, and others for severe sailors. jam-packed with sensible suggestion, this can be a dictionary with a distinction: many phrases are illustrated via passages from vintage books of the ocean, others by way of the author's reports aboard an American schooner with a eu engine and bins of instruments. pattern entries from this informative and pleasing dictionary comprise:
Bermuda Triangle: Given a decision among alien creatures and undesirable climate mixed with inept seamanship and navigation, you have to vote for the latter whenever. the U.S. Coast protect definitely does.
carry away, to: while any a part of the status rigging or a spar breaks it...
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This is good news on a boat where electrical circuits are usually the first to be attacked by any ingress of water. • Although electrical starters are convenient for diesel engines, many (especially the smaller ones) can be manually started by using a crank handle. • For many owners, the choice of diesel power swings on the fact that diesel fuel is much less flammable than gasoline. And, given that fire represents a far greater threat to a boat than the sea, it makes little sense to go sailing with tanks full of the stuff onboard.
Is there another boat in the area aware of your situation? If by now you are knee-deep in water, it is probably time to pat her on the coaming and leave. If the problem is that you are on fire, any delay could be fatal to you and whoever is waiting in the liferaft. Go! abeam, on the beam, abreast an object or mark at right angles to the center-line of a vessel is said to be abeam, abreast, or on the beam. about, going about the act of going from one tack to the other through the eye of the wind; see tacking.
Why not convert a berth into one or two well-upholstered easy chairs? A nice, comfy armchair with a small table to one side for your drink and a navigation repeater to the other so you can keep an eye on the course. So long as you still have a pilot berth for cat-napping in oilies, plus a “proper berth” for when you can get a full night’s sleep, then you must have the space. a-cockbill (pron. ” advection fog a type of fog that occurs when humid (warm, moist) air comes into contact with water cool enough to lower the air temperature below its dew point, thus forcing visible droplets of water to separate from the air and form a fog.