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Kayak, Kedge, Keel, Keelboat, Keelhaul, Keelson, Keep, Kellet, Kerf, Ketch, Kevel, Key, Kicking strap, King plank, Kink, Kissing the gunner's daughter, Kitchen rudder, Knee, Knight-heads, Knittles, Knockdown, Knot,
v to kedge; to use the kedge anchor to move the boat from place to place.
There are many forms of leeway-resisting keel.
A fin keel has a high aspect ratio: it is deeper than it is long. For a given area a higher aspect fin keel is more efficient (at leeway resistance) than a lower aspect ratio. It tacks quickly and easily but does not hold its course.
A long keel has a low aspect ratio: it holds its course better than a fin, but is more difficult to turn and to tack.
There is a spectrum between extreme fin keels and long keels; boats can be seen representing all points on the spectrum.
n The Humber Keel, a flat-bottomed boat, with a single square-rigged sail and two big leeboards but no keel(!)*, once used to transport goods on the Humber. Although square-rigged they could sail close to the wind.
* Although Chatterton wrote that the keel had a detachable keel, which could be unshipped when the vessel came to shallow water.
An open boat, a day-sailor, with a deep fin keel, usually with a bulb of lead at the bottom.
The National Squib and the Crouch One-design are both keelboats.
Severe, often capital, punishment for shipboard crimes, especially in the Dutch Navy.
v To maintain a distance or position.
"To keep the land" is to ensure that the land remains in sight.
The slit made in a piece of wood by a sawcut.
Sailing boats are now (early C21) defined by their rig. In earlier centuries they were defined more by their purpose or size. As the purpose, size and rig evolved over decades and centuries names tended to linger, so that in two different centuries boats with the same type-name might be very different.
A ketch has two masts, the mizzen mast being shorter than the main mast. Both the mainsail and the mizzen sail may be Bermudan or gaff-rigged; rarely with a gunter. The mizzen mast is stepped well forward of the rudder head: the mizzen sail, though smaller, is of a significant size compared to the mainsail.
Modern-day (early C21) yachts use wooden, metal or plastic cleats.
n See Quay.
n A small portable device for locking and unlocking cupboards, lockers, doors, hatches, padlocks.
A line, or a strut, between the boom and the heel of the mast on a Bermudan rigged boat. It pulls the boom downward, flattening the mainsail, tightening the leech, reducing twist and, possibly, bending the mast.
Kissing the gunner's daughter
A hinged cowling around a fixed propeller.
The drive can be directed from side to side, augmenting or replacing the rudder.
The drive can also be directed forward so reversing the vessel without slowing or stopping the propeller.
This massive wooden knee links the deck beams of Victory, a ship of the line, Nelson's flagship, to the planking. It is a 'hanging knee' because it appears to hang below the beam. Similar braces placed horizontally between beam and planking or shelving would be 'lodging knees'.
(The electrical wiring is C20)
Their tops were often carved to resemble human heads, hence their name.
The different terms are widely misused. For example, a sail may be bent to a spar.
When the log (a triangular piece of wood) was cast from the stern of the ship a string, with knots every 47ft 3in, was run from a reel through the midshipman’s hand. The number of knots which passed through his hand in 28 seconds was the speed of the vessel, in nautical miles per hour (knots). See also Log.
In the 21st century ship's logs are electro-mechanical or acoustic.
n The hard, cross-grained mass of wood at the place where a branch joins the trunk of a tree.
n A dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below; in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red.
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