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Term: leadline, lead line, (pron: led) (n)
Definition: A measured line marked in fathoms, fitted with a lead weight at the end, used to estimate water depth, and to determine the condition of the bottom for anchoring. In practice grease is applied to the cupped underside of the weight in order to bring up a sample of the ocean floor. The type of bottom...sandy, muddy, greasy, weedy...can help determine which anchor would work best.
See Also: sounding line
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/10/leadline.html

Term: league (n)
Definition: An archaic distance measurement of about 2 to 4 nautical miles.

Term: leak (n)
Definition: An opening in the hull that lets water in

Term: leak (v)
Definition: To take on water through gaps in the hull.

Term: leaky (adj)
Definition: Of a vessel that is not watertight.

Term: leathers (n)
Definition: Wrappings fastened around the oars at the point where they work in the oarlocks, to protect the oars from chafing, and make rowing quieter.

Term: ledge (n)
Definition: A reef or rock formation that is a hazard to navigation
See Also: hazard, bank, sunker, ledge

Term: lee (adv)
Definition: From the ship’s position, the direction away from the apparent wind. Toward the side of the ship opposite the weather side.
See Also: leeward

Term: lee (adj)
Definition: The side away from the direction of the wind.
See Also: weather

Term: lee deck (n)
Definition: The side of the deck away from the wind, with some protection from wind and spray.
See Also: lee, weather deck

Term: lee helm (n)
Definition: The tendency of a vessel to turn away from the wind. This is considered a dangerous characteristic since is makes steering difficult, and when the helm is left unattended the boat will tend to jibe.
See Also: weather helm, balanced helm

Term: lee shore (n)
Definition: A shoreline that lies downwind of a ship’s position. The water’s edge in the direction toward which the wind is blowing. The term is used to describe a potentially dangerous situation since if the vessel loses control, it will be driven on that shore. “Never anchor under a lee shore.”
See Also: weather shore, under the lee

Term: leeboards (n)
Definition: Heavy panels that pivot down into the water under the lee side of a light sailboat or sailing canoe and act as a keel or centerboard by improving lateral stability and tracking ability. These are also common in older designs of Dutch canal boats.
See Also: centerboard, daggerboard

Term: leech (n)
Definition: The trailing edge of the three sided marconi sail. Also spelled leach.

Term: leeward (pron: loo'ard) (adv)
Definition: From or toward the side of the vessel that is away from the wind.
See Also: alee, windward

Term: leeway (n)
Definition: 1) Measurement of movement of a vessel to the side opposite the wind. 2) The amount of navigable seaway available to the lee of a vessel.

Term: leg (n)
Definition: The part of a course sailed on a single tack.
See Also: board

Term: leg o' mutton (adj)
Definition: Describing a shape of triangular sail for which all three sides are nearly equal in dimension. (Typical of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack oyster draggers)
See Also: skipjack, sail, Marconi rig, Bermuda rig

Term: leg of mutton sail (n)
Definition: A sail that has the shape of a sheep’s leg. The term refers to the forerunners of the modern Bermuda rig, modified lateen sails mounted on spars that were stepped in thwarts, loose footed and canty.
See Also: Bermuda rig

Term: legend (n)
Definition: The block of information on a chart that explains the symbols and terms used.

Term: length on deck (LOD) (n)
Definition: A measurement of a ship over the deck from the peak of the forward deck to the top of the transom.
See Also: peak, transom

Term: length over all (LOA) (n)
Definition: One of the admeasurements of a ship, documenting the length of the ship from end to end, including any overhanging spars.

Term: let go (v)
Definition: To remove docklines from cleats and bitts and release them preparatory to getting underway.
See Also: cast off

Term: letters of marque (n)
Definition: A document issued by a government granting permission for a private vessel to plunder a foreign state. The legal authority of a privateer.
See Also: pirate

Term: liberty ship (n)
Definition: Any of the 2751 EC2 cargo ships built in the US during WWII and used to carry supplies to the Allies. The ships had a speed of 11 knots, and their five holds could carry over 9,000 tons of cargo. (Thanks to US Merchant Marine)
See Also: victory ship, hog islander
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/02/ugly-ducklings.html

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