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Cleats Cleats

A fitting attached to which lines and ropes are secured. Found on boats, pontoons or berths in all shapes and sizes.

Tender and Painter Tender and Painter

The Tender is a ship’s dinghy. The painter is the rope tied to the bow of the tender. It is used for tying the tender to a dock, jetty or boat.    

Clutches Clutches

Clutches are used instead of cleats. They have toothed plates that keep the rope (halyards/sheets) locked in place. When the handle is up, the rope is free to move. When the handle is down, the toothed plates lock the rope in place. If there is an emergency, it is easy to release the rope by […]

MPS Spinnaker MPS Spinnaker

An MPS spinnaker is used on a broad reach (when the wind blows from the side of the boat) or a run (when the wind comes from behind) in light winds. A pole is not required to hold it in place. It has a tackline that holds it to the bow of the boat, and […]

Starboard and Port Starboard and Port

Which side is which?   On land we use left and right.   On the sea, it’s Port and Starboard. Looking towards the bow – front – of the boat, Port is left, starboard right. No matter what direction you face on a boat, they remain the same. It means there is no confusion for […]

The Twins The Twins

Two genoas sewn together to form a massive foresail. Used in light winds, generally when the wind is behind. They can be used as a genoa on a beam reach.

Beaufort Scale Beaufort Scale

The Beaufort Scale is used by sailors as a guide to estimate wind speed without the use of instruments. They do this by looking at the effects the wind has upon the waves. For example, 0 denotes calm seas and 12 cyclone strength winds.   Link For an easy read about the history of the […]

Following Sea Following Sea

In a following sea, the wind blows from behind and the wave direction is going in  the same direction as the boat.