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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: doldrums (n)
Definition: 1) An area near the equator between the North and South trades characterized by high barometric pressure, erratic light winds, and towering cumulus clouds. 2) An area on the ocean surface which lies between the trades and the Westerlies, noted for its lack of wind and its long, heavy swells.
See Also: ITC, horse latitudes, sargasso sea

Term: dolphin (n)
Definition: 1) A cluster of several pilings driven into the bottom and lashed together to form a very substantial mooring, dock fender or marker. 2) A small toothed whale of the family Delphinidae, an elegant and very intelligent pelagic mammal. 3) A brightly-colored pelagic food fish of the genus Coryphaena, found in tropical and temperate seas.

Term: dolphin striker (n)
Definition: A spar mounted downward under the bowsprit over the end of which the bobstay is fastened in order to increase its bearing angle on the end of the bowsprit. The purpose of the dolphin striker is exactly the same as the spreaders in the mast rigging. The name is derived from the dolphin’s habit of leaping under the bows of a vessel under way.
See Also: spreader
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Term: donkey (n)
Definition: A small engine used to operate deck machinery such as winches and derricks.

Term: dorade (n.)
Definition: An on-deck ventilator with horn shaped opening which allows fresh air to go below, yet prevents water from entering.
See Also: ventilator, charlie noble

Term: dory, banks dory (n)
Definition: A small, flat-bottomed open pulling boat with a narrow bottom, high flaring topsides, a sharp bow, and a deep V-shaped transom. Dories were often used as yawl boats for coastal schooners, and a work boat for inshore fishing. The boat is dry but tender, can be rowed from a standing position, and, when fitted with long sweeps, is very fast. With thwarts removed, they can be nested on deck.
See Also: yawl boat
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Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/10/dory.html

Term: double (v)
Definition: To place a second dockline alongside the first. Docklines are doubled as a precaution when foul weather is expected.
See Also: single up

Term: double (v)
Definition: To sail around a cape or promontory, as in: "It is always a great day when a sailing boat can successfully double the Cape of Good Hope."

Term: double ender (n)
Definition: A vessel on which both the bow and the stern come to a point.
See Also: canoe stern

Term: double the angle of the bow (v)
Definition: To find a position by taking a bearing on a fixed object ahead, measuring distance sailed until the bearing is doubled, which determines the distance off the bearing.

Term: double tide (n)
Definition: Two consecutive high or low tides that show little range.
See Also: tide, agger

Term: double-ended (adj)
Definition: Describing a vessel with a pointed shape to the hull both bow and stern
See Also: transom stern, canoe stern

Term: douse (v)
Definition: 1) To furl a sail, or to take down a sail quickly. 2) To slacken a line. 3) To lower an ensign or signal flag.

Term: down (adv)
Definition: Below the horizon; as in: “That ship is hull down, but you can still see her superstructure.”

Term: down by the head (adj)
Definition: With the bow riding deeper than the stern. Alt: by the head.
See Also: down by the stern

Term: down by the stern (adj)
Definition: Referring to a vessel that is overloaded astern and riding deeper aft.
See Also: down by the head, by the stern

Term: downhaul (n)
Definition: 1) A line from the boom at the throat led to a block or becket at the deck, which is used to stretch the luff of the sail flat when beating, or which can be slackened to allow the sail to belly when running. 2) An accessory line used to haul a sail down so as to take slack out of the luff.
See Also: outhaul

Term: downwind (adv)
Definition: 1) In the direction the wind is blowing; as in: “She passed the other boats on the downwind leg.” 2) Alee or toward the lee side; as in: “Bail the boat downwind.” 3) In a position to the lee of something else (with of or from); as in: “The fog breaks downwind of the islands.”
See Also: alee

Term: downwind (n)
Definition: Sailing with the wind astern. Running with the wind.
See Also: running

Term: dowse (v)
Definition: A spelling variation of douse, meaning to take down sails.
See Also: douse

Term: draft marks (n)
Definition: Numerals applied vertically to the sides of a ship fore and aft indicating the depth of the keel.
See Also: Plimsol line

Term: draft, drafts (n)
Definition: 1) The vertical distance between the waterline and the deepest part of the keel, usually expressed in feet. The draft of a ship determines the minimum depth of water necessary to navigate without grounding.2) The pocket or belly built into a sail just aft of the luff, to create its aerodynamic shape. 3) A bilge keel (always plurel: drafts)
See Also: depth, leech, bilge keels

Term: drag (v)
Definition: 1) To lose control of an anchored vessel because of heavy seas, currents, wind or a foul bottom, so that the anchor cannot hold its ground; as in: “If you anchor here watch out when the wind backs into the East because you might drag.”

Term: drag (n)
Definition: The friction resistance of the water on the hull of a moving ship, one of the functions that are used to determine the ship’s potential speed.

Term: dragger (n)
Definition: A fishing boat that trawls or pulls a drag net held open by a metal framework, weighted to skid across the bottom. Such vessels fish for bottom fish, oysters, scallops.
See Also: bugeye, skipjack, trawler

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