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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UNDERWAY

Vessel in motion, i.e., when not moored, at anchor, or aground.

UNDERWRITER'S LABORATORIES

One of the chief testing organizations, helping to set US safety standards.

UP-AND-DOWN

The relative slackness of an anchor chain where the anchor chain is slack and hangs vertically down from the hawsepipe.

UPWIND

To windward, in the direction of the eye of the wind; toward the wind; in the direction from which the wind is coming.


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