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Nautical Terms

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KEDGE ANCHOR A light anchor used for kedging off
KEDGING OFF Freeing a grounded boat by hauling in on an anchorline that has been secured in deeper water by a dinghy
KEEL The fin attached to the underside of the hull.  It is filled with lead ballast to provide upright stability and prevent sideslipping by countering the lateral force of the wind
KEEP HER FULL To keep the sails full and drawing
KETCH A two masted yacht with the smaller after mast stepped ahead of the rudder post
KNOCKDOWN When a boat is knocked on her beam-ends by a sudden gust or squall, especially under spinnaker
KNOT A measure of speed in nautical miles per hour
KUMATAGE A bright appearance in the horizon, under the sun or moon, arising from the reflected light of those bodies from the small rippling waves on the surface of the water FROM Bowditch´s Navigator, 24th edition (1854) page 295, thanks to John Lynch Cummins (moon river)
 
 
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