Boating Glossary

When you're new to boating some nautical words might not be easy to understand, so we have provided a basic introduction to some of the most common terminology.

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EBB (tide)

The falling tide when the water recedes out to the sea and the water level lowers.

ENSIGN

The flag worn at the stern of a ship.

EPIRB

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. An emergency device that uses a radio signal to alert satellites or passing airplanes to a vessel's position.

EYE SPLICE

A closed loop or eye at the end a line, rope, cable etc. It is made by unraveling its end and joining it to itself by intertwining it into the lay of the line.

EVEN KEEL

When the keel is parallel with the horizon.

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