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Nautical Terms

  

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HALYARD A line attached to the head of sail and run up the mast to lower and raise the sail
HARD CHINE  The abrupt intersection between the hull side and the hull bottom of a boat, not a rounded edge
HATCH An opening in a boat's deck fitted with a watertight cover
HAWSER A heavy line or cable used for towing, or mooring or anchoring a large vessel
HEAD 1.  A marine toilet ( The term comes from the days of sailing ships when the place for the crew to relieve themselves was all the way forward on either side of the bowsprit, the integral part of the hull to which the figurehead was fastened.)
2.  The upper corner of a triangular sail.
HEADFOIL A channel fitted on the forestay into which the bolt rope of the sail is inserted, used instead of shackles 
HEADING The direction in which a vessel's bow points at any given time
HEADWAY The forward motion of a boat. Opposite of sternway.
HEAVE TO To back-wind the jib and luff the main to hold a position especially in heavy seas
HELM The wheel or tiller controlling the rudder
HELMSMAN The person who steers or drives the boat
HITCH 1.  A knot used to secure a rope to another object or to another rope 
2.  To form a loop or a noose in a rope
HOLD The compartment below deck in a large vessel used solely for carrying cargo
HOLYSTONE The last Navy ships with teak decks were the battleships, now since decommissioned. Teak, and other wooden decks, were scrubbed with a piece of sandstone, nicknamed at one time by an anonymous witty sailor as the "holystone." It was so named because since its use always brought a man to his knees, it must be holy!
HULL  The main shell of a vessel.
 
 
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