Schooner Vocabulary
Dictionary of Boating Terms

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

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Mainmast: - the tallest mast of the ship; on a schooner, the mast furthest aft.
Mainsail: - The sail set on the mainmast.-the lowest square sail on the mainmast
Make Fast -To secure or tie ropes
Maneuvering Board  Sheet with circles that the navy used  for solving relative motion problems.  Bearing and distance marks from the center and scales at the sides allow quick and easy plotting of course and speed vectors for calculation of course and speed to intercept--or avoid--another vessel image 
Marlinspike - A tool for opening the strands of a rope while splicing
Martingale
is a fore-and-aft stay lying directly beneath the bowsprit strengthening it and, if extended from the sprit a jibboom, against upward force created by the head stays. The martingale is part of a vessel's standing rigging. Often a dolphin striker is used between the martingale and bowsprit to provide additional tension to the former.
Mast: - a large wooden pole used to hold up the sails
Mast Band a band fitted around a mast that shrouds, stay or tackles are attached to.
Mast Cap a fitting over the top of the mast that shrouds, stay or tackles are attached to
Measured mile-A course marked by buoys or ranges measuring one nautical mile.

Meridian
(or line of longitude) is an imaginary arc on the Earth's surface from the North Pole to the South Pole that connects all locations running along it with a given longitude. The position of a point on the meridian is given by the latitude.
Mermaid is a mythological aquatic creature with a female human head and torso and the tail of a fish. Mermaids have a broad representation in folklore, literature, and popular culture.
Messenger-A small line used to pull a heavier line or cable.
Mizzen - the shorter mast behind the main mast on a ketch or yawl.
Monkey's fist- or monkey paw is a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist/paw. It also  It is tied at the end of a messenger to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw the line, and also as an ornamental knot.
Monohull
-A boat with one hull.
Mooring -An arrangement for securing a boat to a mooring buoy or a pier.
Mooring lines or hawsers. The lines are fixed to deck fittings on the vessel at one end, and fittings on the shore, such as bollards, rings, or cleats, on the other end.
Mooring buoy -A buoy secured to a permanent anchor sunk deeply into the bottom.
Mousing -  a  seizing of line,small wire  or metal shackle around the point and shank of a hook to prevent it from slipping from an eye
Muster-To assemble a group for the days order or to determine if everyone on duty.

 

 

 

 
 
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05/09/2010