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Term: fatigue (n)
Definition: The tendency for a material to lose strength and break under repeated strain, a common cause of failure of rigging, fastenings, ground tackle and other hardware of a ship, since the vessel is constantly laboring under the effect of the wind and seas.

Term: favorable wind (n)
Definition: 1) A direction of the wind under which a vessel can sail to its destination without beating. 2) A wind which is neither too strong nor too light.

Term: favored end (n)
Definition: In sailboat racing, the end of the starting line which is closest in a direct line to the first mark, or the end of the starting line which offers a preferable angle on the wind to the first mark.

Term: feather (v)
Definition: 1) To turn the blade of an oar horizontally between each stroke in order to reduce air resistance. 2) To change the angle of the blades of an idled propeller so that they are directed into the flow of water in order to produce less drag. 3) To fair a joint so that it is imperceptible. 4) To paint a portion of a surface so that the edges of the new paint are imperceptible.

Term: felucca (n)
Definition: A small lateen-rigged sailing vessel with a narrow beam, capable of surprising speed; common in the Mediterranean.
See Also: lateen

Term: fend off (v)
Definition: To absorb the shock of a vessel coming against a dock or another boat, or to push against the dock to keep the boat from hitting it.
See Also: fender

Term: fender (n)
Definition: Any piece of equipment, such as a tire, inflated ball or cylinder, or rope, which, when mounted or inserted between the vessel and another object, will absorb shock and prevent damage or chafing.
See Also: bumper, rubrail
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Term: fender board (n)
Definition: A board suspended over the side so that the ends are borne on fenders providing a broader area of protection for the hull when docked against pilings.

Term: ferrocement (n)
Definition: A boatbuilding material employing cement over a substrate of different types: chicken wire, stainless steel and often iron (ferrous) reinforcing mesh.

Term: ferry (v)
Definition: 1) To carry over a body of water by boat, usually by making several trips. 2) To go by ferryboat; as in: “Before the bridge was built, we had to ferry across the river.”

Term: ferry (n)
Definition: A vessel of any kind which is used to transport passengers and goods on a relatively short passage across a body of water, and which operates on a regular schedule similar to that of a train or bus, as in: “Hurry up or we’ll miss the ferry.”
See Also: ferryboat

Term: ferryboat (n)
Definition: A boat which transports passengers and cargo across a body of water.
See Also: ferry
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Term: fetch (n)
Definition: 1) The distance over which the wind can blow unobstructed by land before reaching the observer. 2) The distance which the effect of seas can travel unobstructed by land before reaching the observer.

Term: fetch (v)
Definition: To successfully reach a mark to weather without tacking, as in: "With an East wind you can fetch the outer marker easily."

Term: fiberglass (n)
Definition: A material made of fine glass fibers bonded together with polymer resin to form the hull and many other structural members of modern pleasure and work vessels. (Derived from Fiberglas™, the trade name of a major manufacturer of the material.)
See Also: glass fiber, gelcoat, GRP

Term: fid (n)
Definition: 1) A sturdy cone-shaped hand tool, made of polished wood or ivory, used to lever open the lay of a rope for splicing. 2) A heavy metal or wood step for the topmast.
See Also: spike, marlinspike

Term: fiddle (n)
Definition: 1) A small strip of wood or other material mounted around the edges of a table on board ship to keep the dishes from sliding off. 2) A small fence mounted on the edges of shelves to keep gear from sliding off.

Term: fife rail (n)
Definition: A bar mounted horizontally around the base of the mast a few feet above the deck through which a number of belaying pins are placed in fitted holes onto which halyards may be belayed.
See Also: pin rail

Term: figurehead (n)
Definition: A piece of inspiring statuary mounted outboard of the bow of a ship just under the bowsprit. Usually this is the figure of a woman portraying some meaning to the mission or beliefs of the ship’s company, and which symbolically leads them on their voyage.

Term: fill away (v)
Definition: To fall off after being brought up into the wind, so that the sails fill again, or to trim the sails again so that they fill.

Term: fin (n)
Definition: A plane surface extending from the hull of a submarine affording stability and tracking capability to the boat.

Term: fin keel (n)
Definition: A fixed vertical underwater plane found in certain designs of racing sailboats which provides the boat lateral stability and tracking capability. The fin keel has relatively narrow fore-and-aft dimensions which results in reduced drag and quick steering.
See Also: full keel

Term: find (v)
Definition: 1) To discover or measure the depth of the water by sounding; as in: “Before anchoring it is essential to find the bottom with a leadline.” 2) To make a landfall, as in: "When we find Isle au Haut, rising in the dawn..."

Term: fine (adj)
Definition: Having a slender entry to the bow, narrow, coming to a point, or sleek.
See Also: bluff, run

Term: finger (n)
Definition: A narrow dock or pier which protrudes into the seaway.

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