Adrift – Free floating without power or control
“We were adrift for three days while troubleshooting the auxiliary engine after the storm.”
Aloft – Above deck
“Go aloft if you would like to get some air.”
Auxiliary engine – An engine, outboard or inboard, used to power a sailboat
“Our auxiliary engine was the only reason we got back to shore!”
Bearing- The direction of an object expressed in compass notation.
“We were bearing due south for hours it seemed.”
Buoy – A floating cask, or piece of wood, attached by a rope to an anchor, to show its position. Also floated over a shoal. or other dangerous places as a beacon.
“Glad I saw the buoy before we ended up on shore.”
Bring up – To stop or come to anchor.
“We were forced to bring up the ship after only 14 days out”
Dinghy – A small boat used as tender for a larger vessel.
“Our dinghy has an outboard motor which allows us to travel to shore”
Fathom – A unit of measurement of water depth, equal to 6 feet
“We were several fathoms from the surface”
Fore- at, toward or near the bow of the boat
“Grab the rope at the fore of the boat”
Galley – The kitchen of a yacht
“Caroline worked for hours in the galley to prepare dinner”
Heads – The bathrooms aboard a boat
” Pardon me while I use the head”