Schooner Vocabulary
Dictionary of Boating Terms

Dictionary of Boating Sailing, Schooners, Naval, Ships, Boat and Seafaring Terms

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Kayak - A canoe type usual closed deck boat used for paddling 
Keckling
. - Any old rope wound about a cable, to preserve the surface of it from chafing against the ship's bow or bottom.
( from  The Art of Rigging
Kedge
-To use an anchor to move a boat by hauling on the anchor rode; a basic anchor type.
Keel: - centerline of a boat running fore and aft; the timber at the very bottom of the hull to which frames are attached.
Keel-haul-To drag a person backwards and forwards under a ship's keel, for certain offences.
Keel stepped -A mast that is stepped (placed) on the keel at the bottom of the boat rather than on the deck. Keel stepped masts are considered sturdier than deck stepped masts.
Ketch-Two-masted boats, the after mast shorter, but with a ketch the after mast is forward of the rudder post
Kevels.. -Two crooked pieces of timber, whose lower ends rest
in a step, or foot, nailed to the ship's sides; the head branches out
like horns, to belay the ropes to.
from  The Art of Rigging
Key Clock Post- Key Clock Posts were located two miles, in opposite direction, from Life Saving Service or Coast Guard Stations.  Surfmen patrolled the beach on foot carrying a time clock  the surfman used the key to make an impression on his clock, proving that he did his job.
King Plank - The center plank of a deck
King spoke
-Marked top spoke on a wheel when the rudder is centered.
Kinking  - The curling up of a rope when twisted too hard, or drawn hastily out of the coil. from  The Art of Rigging
Knees
-Supporting braces used for strength when two parts are joined. 

Knittles or nettles
- are small lines, composed of two or . three ropeyarns, either plaited or twisted, and used for various purposes at sea, particularly to, fasten the service on the cable; to reef the sails by'" the bottom) and to sling the sailors' ham- mocks between decks. Knittle is also a name given to the loops, or buttons of a bonnet; likewise to bend the'square-sails to the jack-stays, in lieu of rope-bands.
( from  The Art of Rigging
Knockabout: - a type of schooner without a bowsprit.
Knockdown The knock over of a sailboat by a sundden wind.
Knot A speed of one nautical mile per hour. (6076 feet) per hour.
KNOT. - A large Knot formed on, the extremity of a rope; gen- erally by unlaying the ends thereof, and interweaving them regularly amongst each other. There are several sorts of knots, which differ materially in form, size, and name, according to the uses for which they are designed; as, bowline-knot, buoy-rope- knot, diamond-knot, reef-knot, stopper-knot, &c. (from  The Art of Rigging


 

 

 
 
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