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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: weather (v)
Definition: To gain the advantage on another sailing vessel by working to weather. To get the better of another vessel by sailing faster or closer to the wind, as in "We were able to weather the competition and fetch the mark on a single tack."

Term: weather deck (n)
Definition: 1) A deck area with no protection from the weather. 2) The side of the deck facing the wind.
See Also: lee deck

Term: weather eye (n)
Definition: A watchful alertness for changes in the weather.

Term: weather helm (n)
Definition: The tendency of a sailing vessel to turn up into the wind. In general having a slight weather helm is considered a good characteristic since it gives the boat tight steering and stops the vessel when the helm is left untended.
See Also: lee helm, balanced helm

Term: weather shore (n)
Definition: A shoreline that lies upwind of a ship’s position A safe shore under which a ship may anchor in calm water until there is a change in the wind direction
See Also: lee shore

Term: weatherboard (n)
Definition: The side of a ship facing the wind.

Term: weatherbound (n)
Definition: Unable to depart on a voyage because of heavy weather. Stuck in port.

Term: weatherly (adj)
Definition: Able to sail to weather without excessive leeway, as in: "The Lightening is a weatherly little sloop."
See Also: leeway, beat

Term: weathership (n)
Definition: A ship used for making meterological observations.

Term: wedding garland (n)
Definition: A pair of evergreen wreaths decorated with white satin sashes hoisted in the rigging to celebrate the marriage of a ship's officer. (Royal Navy custom)
See Also: garland

Term: wedges (n)
Definition: 1) Wedge shaped fittings mounted under the transom to give more lift to a planing hull at speed. 2) Wood shims fitted around the mast at the partners.
See Also: trim tabs

Term: weep (v)
Definition: To allow small amounts of water to penetrate through a crack or seam.
See Also: leak

Term: weigh anchor (v)
Definition: To raise the anchor; as in: “We have to weigh anchor and head out to sea before that storm gets here.”
See Also: aweigh

Term: weir (n)
Definition: A fishing gate and nets installed in stakes driven in the bottom.

Term: well (n)
Definition: A boxed opening in the deck of a small sailboat affording more comfortable seating for helmsman and passengers.
See Also: footwell

Term: well found (adj)
Definition: Referring to a vessel that is sturdy, properly built and well equipped.

Term: West (n)
Definition: The direction 270 degrees from North.

Term: wester (n)
Definition: A storm with westerly winds.

Term: westerlies (n)
Definition: The prevailing westerly winds of the middle latitudes. The winds to the north of the trade winds which blow in the opposite direction. Since the early square rigged ships could not sail to weather, they had to cross to the New World on the trades, and return by a more Northerly route in the westerlies.
See Also: antitrades

Term: westerly (adv)
Definition: From a western direction

Term: westing (n)
Definition: 1) A distance one sails toward the west 2) A distance to the west of the last position

Term: wetted surface (n)
Definition: The underwater area of a vessel, used by designers to calculate hydraulic effects on capability and speed.

Term: whaleboat (n)
Definition: A long narrow pulling boat launched by whaling ships to pursue whales and approach within harpoon range.
See Also: pulling boat

Term: whaler (n)
Definition: A ship that was used for hunting and killing whales.

Term: whaling (n)
Definition: The seafaring business of hunting and killing whales for profit.


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