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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: onshore (adj)
Definition: Describing or referencing the direction from sea to shore as in, “There’s an onshore wind today.”

Term: open boat (n)
Definition: A small vessel having no deck.

Term: open gunwale (adj)
Definition: Describing a small boat with no finishing piece.
See Also: gunwale

Term: open water (n)
Definition: Offshore ocean areas where there are no obstructions or navigation aids.
See Also: offshore, off soundings, deeps

Term: operator (n)
Definition: 1) The person who has ultimate responsibility for the safe operation of a vessel. 2) A licensed master of a specific class or tonnage of vessel. (US Coast Guard)

Term: ordinary seaman (n)
Definition: A class of merchant seaman with limited shipboard experience. In merchant service, a specific job category and description of a man’s position on board, rank or job classification, payroll level, union or merchant certificate.
See Also: able seaman

Term: orlop deck (n)
Definition: The lowest deck of a ship with four or more decks. (archaic)

Term: oscar (n)
Definition: The phonetic term used on radio transmissions to represent the letter "o". (Thanks to Armin Maywald)
See Also: phonetic alphabet

Term: outboard (n)
Definition: 1) A removable motor which is mounted over the stern, or in a motor well, of a small boat. 2) A boat having an outboard motor.

Term: outboard (adj)
Definition: 1) Referring to the outside of the hull. 2) Away from the center of the hull, in the direction of the sides of the ship, or away from the ship.

Term: outboard motor (n)
Definition: A removable engine that is mounted on the stern of the boat, or in a motor well.

Term: outdrive (n)
Definition: A transmission, shaft and propeller unit mounted outboard on the stern of the vessel.
See Also: Z-drive

Term: outfoot (v)
Definition: To sail faster than another sailboat.

Term: outhaul (n)
Definition: A small line which leads from the clew of the sail to the end of the boom and used to put tension on the foot of the sail.

Term: outpoint (v)
Definition: To be able to sail higher or closer to the eye of the wind than a competitor.

Term: outport (n)
Definition: 1) A landing destination remote from main harbours. 2) A small fishing village in Newfoundland.

Term: outrigger (n)
Definition: 1) A flotation device extended outboard of a very light boat to offer stability. 2) A halyard pole on a fishing boat used to spread trolling lines far apart to avoid tangling. 3) A spar used to pay out a cable clear of the side of the ship. 4) A hardware fitting used to mount an oarlock well over the side.

Term: outward bound (adj)
Definition: Departing on a voyage to distant ports.
See Also: blue peter

Term: overboard (adv)
Definition: Referring to the direction over the side of the ship and into the water. “His watch fell overboard.”

Term: overfall (n)
Definition: 1) A breaking wave, or that part of a wave that falls down the face of an advancing mass of water. 2) A breaking wave formed where opposing currents, wind, or underwater obstacles trip the advancing mass of water. (Thanks to Ian Walker)
See Also: breaker, wave, current

Term: overhaul (v)
Definition: 1) To repair completely by disassembling and replacing worn elements. 2) To separate the blocks in a block and tackle system. 3) To overtake another vessel underway.

Term: overhead (n)
Definition: The inboard top cover of a compartment, as in: "In the top berth get up carefully or you will clock yourself on the overhead." On shore this is called the ceiling.
See Also: ceiling

Term: overtaking (n)
Definition: The situation when a vessel is passing another vessel heading in the same general direction.
See Also: crossing, meeting

Term: overwhelm (v)
Definition: To capsize because of towering seas. (15th C.)
See Also: capsize

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