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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YACHT

A pleasure vessel, a pleasure boat; in American usage the idea of size and luxury is conveyed, either sail or power.

YARD

1. The horizontal spar from which a square sail is suspended.
2. A dockyard or shipyard.

YARE

Describing a boat that handles with little effort. A good sailing design, quick and capable.

YAW

To swing or steer off course, as when running with a quartering sea.

Y VALVE

Liquid flows through into the valve and flows out through one of two tubes which is selected by changing the angle of a lever.


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