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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: garvey (n)
Definition: A scow once common on the coast of New Jersey.

Term: gasket (n)
Definition: Lashings to secure a furled sail.

Term: gat (n)
Definition: A narrow waterway passing through a headland.

Term: gauge (n)
Definition: 1) A position described by the navigator as a relationship to the wind and to another ship. 2) An instrument showing the status of a remote machine.

Term: gear (n)
Definition: The rigging of a ship.

Term: gelcoat (n)
Definition: A finish coat of dense tinted resin applied to the inside of a mold as the first step in fiberglass boat construction. When released from the mold, the hull presents a glossy surface that can be polished and waxed.
See Also: fiberglass, GRP

Term: general quarters (n)
Definition: All of the duty locations for the entire crew.

Term: gennaker (n)
Definition: A light full-cut reaching and running foresail with a high clew, for use in light to moderate wind. The sail is a hybrid of spinnaker and genoa, and is easily managed by the cruising sailor. If fitted with a "snuffer tube" the gennaker is simple to hoist and douse. (Thanks to Ed Sulis)
See Also: spinnaker, genoa

Term: Gennie (n)
Definition: Slang term for a Genoa, a style of jib that substantially overlaps the mainsail.

Term: genoa (n)
Definition: A large foresail that substantially overlaps the mainsail offering tremendous power when the wind is abaft the beam.
See Also: gennie, reaching jib, gennaker

Term: gentle breeze (n)
Definition: A light wind of 8-12 miles per hour.
See Also: Beaufort scale

Term: geometric horizon (n)
Definition: The tangent formed by a line from the observer's height of eye to the most distant geometric surface of the globe.
See Also: apparent horizon
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/03/which-horizon.html

Term: ghost, ghosting (v)
Definition: Sailing gently and silently in very light air.

Term: gibbous moon (adj)
Definition: 1) Describing a phase of the moon that is more than half, but not full. 2) Bulbous, protuberant.

Term: gibe (v)
Definition: Jibe.
See Also: jibe

Term: gig (n)
Definition: A light rowboat, powerboat or sailboat, often used as a fast launch for the captain or for a lighthouse keeper. The gig was always designed for speed, and was not used as a working boat.

Term: gimbal, gimbals (n)
Definition: Mounts for suspending items that need to remain level, such as an oil lamp or the stove, in spite of the movement of the vessel.

Term: gimballed (adj)
Definition: Referring to a piece of equipment that has been mounted so that it can incline in relation to the boat in order to remain level. (A gimballed stove)

Term: gimble (n)
Definition: A device which freely suspends certain equipment (such as stove and compass) and allows them to remain level in spite of the action of the boat.

Term: gimbled (adj)
Definition: Fitted with devices to maintain a horizontal attitude in spite of the action of the boat.

Term: gin pole (n)
Definition: A temporary spreader used when raising or lowering a mast.

Term: give-way vessel (n)
Definition: The power vessel required to remain clear of another vessel when collision is possible. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea requires the give-way vessel to take early and substantial action to keep well clear.
See Also: right-of-way, stand-on vessel

Term: glass (n)
Definition: Barometer (archaic). An apparent reference to the heavy glass tube filled with mercury that was used in early barometers; as in: “We had better head for port because the glass is falling.”
See Also: barometer

Term: glass fiber (n)
Definition: A hull construction material employing glass fibers bonded with a polymer resin.
See Also: Fiberglas™

Term: glim (n)
Definition: A lantern or oil lamp; as in “One night as I was trimmin’ o’ the glims...”

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