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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LATITUDE

The distance north or south of the equator measured and expressed in degrees.

LAZARETTE

A storage space in a boat's stern area.

LEANING POST

Wide, padded bolster at the helm used instead of or in lieu of conventional seats.

LEE

The side sheltered from the wind.

LEEWARD

The direction away from the wind. Opposite of windward.

LEEWAY

The sideways movement of the boat caused by either wind or current.

LIFELINE

Safety lines on deck that are grabbed to prevent falling overboard.

LINE

Rope and cordage used aboard a vessel.

LIVEWELL

Compartment on a fishing boat designed to keep fish or bait alive.

L.O.A.

Length Overall; the distance between the most forward part of the boat and the most aft part.

LOCK

A structure having movable gates for ships and boats to pass up and down to different water levels in a canal, river, or tidal basin.

LOG

A record of courses or operation. Also, a device to measure speed.

LONGITUDE

The distance in degrees east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England.

LUBBER'S LINE

A mark or permanent line on a compass indicating the direction forward parallel to the keel when properly installed.

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