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Nautical Terms

 

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TABERNACLE A hinge in the mast near the deck used to lower and raise it
TACK 1) The course sailed with the wind on one side of the boat.
2) To go about and change direction.
3) The lower forward end of the sail
TACKLE A purchase composed of blocks and lines
TAFFRAIL originally the railing around the poop deck (officerís deck) on  sailing ships.  Now being applied to the railing at the stern of a sailboat. Also called a PUSHPIT (thanks to Richard & Janice Martin)
TELLTALE A length of yarn or other lightweight material attached to the sails, shrouds and other parts of a boat,  used as a wind flow indicator of the apparent direction of the wind,
TENDER 1) A boat that lacks stability. 
2) A small dinghy or launch carried aboard a larger vessel
TETHER The line, usually with shackled ends, used to  attach a safety harness to a secure part of the boat
THWARTS Seats set across the beam in a small boat
THWARTSHIPS Crosswise of the deck following the beam
TIDAL RANGE The range between high and low tide in feet
TILLER The stick that the boat is steered with as opposed to a wheel
TOPPING-LIFT A line from the upper mast supporting either the boom or the spinnaker pole
TRACK The course traveled over the ground
TRAFFIC SEPARATION ZONE The area between opposing shipping lanes, restricted to most navigation except for crossing with caution
TRANSOM The flat area of a square ended boat
TRAVELER A track that allows side to side adjustment of a main or jib sheet
TRIM Trim is to adjust. It does not just apply to sheets. You can trim the boat or ship (ie improve itís balance)
TRIP LINE The line attached to an anchor used to free it when fouled
TRUE COURSE A course steered by the compass that has been corrected for variation and deviation
TURNBUCKLE An English bolt, a threaded adjuster to tension stays and shrouds
TURNING BLOCK Horizontally mounted block used to re-direct lines 
 
 
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