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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GALLEY

The kitchen area of a boat.

GANGWAY

The area of a ship's side where people board and disembark.

GEAR

A general term for ropes, blocks, tackle and other equipment.

GELCOAT

A combination of resin and pigment that comprises the smooth outside coating of a fiberglass boat.

GIVE-WAY VESSEL

A term used to describe the vessel which must yield in meeting, crossing, or overtaking situations.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS)

A form of position finding using radio transmissions from satellites with sophisticated on-board automatic equipment.

GRAB RAILS

Hand-hold fittings mounted on cabin tops and sides for personal safety when moving around the boat.

GROUNDING

When a ship (while afloat) touches the bed of the sea, or goes " aground".

GROUND TACKLE

A collective term for the anchor and its associated gear.

GUNKHOLE

To explore creeks, coves, marshes or other shallow areas near shore.

GUNWALE

The upper edge of a boat's sides.

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