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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KEEL

The centerline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.

KILL SWITCH

A switch with a lanyard that automatically shuts off an engine if disconnected.

KNOT

1. A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour.
2. A fastening made by interweaving rope to form a stopper, to enclose or bind an object, to form a loop or a noose, to tie a small rope to an object, or to tie the ends of two small ropes together.

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