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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: hard astarboard (adv)
Definition: A turn all the way over as far as the helm will allow in the direction of the starboard side of the vessel.

Term: hard chine (adj)
Definition: Describing a hull shape having a narrow angle to the edge formed where the bottom joins the topsides.

Term: harden (v)
Definition: To trim a sheet in so as to make the sail flatter.
See Also: ease

Term: harness (n)
Definition: A safety device worn by a seaman which can be fastened to shrouds or lifelines to keep him from going overboard.

Term: harpoon (n)
Definition: A spear with a line attached that was used for hunting whales and large fish.

Term: hash (n)
Definition: Static or unmodulated background noise on a radio transmission.

Term: hatch (n)
Definition: An opening in the deck or cabin top allowing access below.
See Also: booby hatch
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Term: haul (v)
Definition: 1) To move the ship out of the water for service and repairs to the bottom, as in: The yard boss says he will haul your boat Thursday. 2) To pull vigorously on a line or anchor rode, as in: Haul away on that line, man! 3) To lift, as in: Haul the boat on deck. 4) To indicate that the relative wind direction is changing to forward of the beam, as in: Take in the sheets; the wind is starting to haul.
See Also: hoist, veer

Term: haul up short (v)
Definition: To take in the anchor rode so that there is a short scope but the anchor remains secure on the bottom in preparation for getting under way.
See Also: scope

Term: hauling part (n)
Definition: That section of a line that may be taken in or eased to move a piece of equipment.

Term: hawse (n)
Definition: 1) Hawse hole. 2) The distance between a ship’s bow and her anchor.
See Also: scope

Term: hawse hole (n)
Definition: An opening cut high in the bow at the knightheads or hawse timbers through which the anchor rode will be led.

Term: hawse timber (n)
Definition: A backing block like a knighthead specifically for reinforcing the hawse hole in larger wooden ships.

Term: hawsepipe (n)
Definition: A metal through-hull fitting lining the hawsehole to protect the hull from damage when hauling a hawser, and to protect the hawser from chafing.
See Also: hawser

Term: hawser (n)
Definition: A very large rope or chain used for towing barges and ships.

Term: hawser laid (adj)
Definition: Describing a nine-strand rope.
See Also: cable laid

Term: hazard (n)
Definition: An underwater danger to navigation such as a rock, shipwreck or sunken piling.
See Also: ledge, bar, bank, sunker

Term: head (n)
Definition: 1) The toilet compartment. 2) The toilet fixture. 3) The top of a mast. Masthead. 4) The top corner or edge of a sail. 5) The bow area of a ship.

Term: head off (v)
Definition: To turn away from the wind.
See Also: head up

Term: head sea (n)
Definition: Ocean waves progressing in the opposite direction of the heading of a vessel.

Term: head up (v)
Definition: Turn toward the wind.
See Also: head off

Term: headboard (n)
Definition: A stout triangular reinforcing piece sewn into the head of jib headed sails. In most cases the headboard is made of metal or heavy plastic to take the strain of the halyard and wind.

Term: heading (n)
Definition: The direction of the bow of a vessel expressed as a compass angle.
See Also: course

Term: headland (n)
Definition: A promontory. A high bluff protruding into a waterway.

Term: headliner (n)
Definition: A soft covering to the under side of the deck carlings installed as a finishing to the cabin overhead.

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