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Questions about wind-propelled water vessels, their maintenance, handling and rules governing their use.


The left side is the port side.
"Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492" In 1492, Christopher Columbus in the service of Spain landed in the Dominican Republic which is near the coastline Florida. At the time he was searching for a trade route to India and upon landing mistakenly believed he had found it. It did not take long...
More surface area foils more wind. Actually, the wind PULLS a boat after foiling around the curve of the sail. It is the same aerodynamic theory of "lift".
Forward, in the forecastle. (Pronounced foc'sl)
That may refer to the outboard motor that was once attached to the dinghy at that location.
There is no clear record of a ship by the name Betsy Blue, but this is no indication that there never has been. Being sort of sing-song, it is very likely that someone, somewhere has used the name, likely for a private yacht.
A reach refers to sailing with the wind direction ranging from slightly ahead of the beam to almost direct abaft the direction of travel. A following sea means the waves are coming from behind the boat. This is a typical point of sail for long range sailing and trade winds traders.
Sailing ships go by many names depending on size, draft, sails, number of sails, sail configuration, and a number of other variables. The largest was the SS Eastern , built as a passenger ship and later converted to lay the Trans-Atlantic cable, launched in 1858 and scraped in 1889-1890; she was...
The route a vessel navigates
After her successful five-hour confrontation with the French frigate "La Vengeance", the "USS Constellation" inspired the French to nickname her the "Yankee Racehorse".
It's not at the equator that the problems occur; it's a few degrees north and south of the equator. Coriolis force from the earth's rotation causes the same airflow patterns that make the trade winds in other parts of the globe to circulate up and down instead of across the surface of the planet. ...
It captures the available wind power, putting it to use in moving the boat. The sail interupts the wind in it's course, and naturally moves forward. As the sail is attached to a mast which itself is attached to the boat, it drags the boat along with it. A little more... The above is most accurate...
Usually, this act is called Beating or sailing Close-hauled.
The vertical pole is called a "Mast". The horizontal poles (on 3-masted ships for instance) are called "Arms" or "Yardarms".
It is a specific type, size and tensile strength of chain.
The expression sailing close to the wind is often used as a metaphor for taking a risk or testing the limits of whatever it is that you are doing. For example, someone who regularly drinks too much alcohol and then drives a car immediately afterwards can be said to be sailing close to the...
Here in the USA, I obtained a Red Cross sailing qualification certificate at age 14. There were 12 year-olds in the class as well who passed. This class educated a person in safety, survival swimming, navigation, rules of the road, crewing and skippering a small boat, and some flag recognition....
As with most the jib or the foresail
It really depends on the size of the boat, as well as start/stop locations. It took Columbus three months sailing from Spain, and it was not unusual for sailing vessels like the Mayflower to take four or five months. It may take 30 - 45 days in a contemporary sloop-rigged sailboat. There are...
Correct answer: . It is moving South. At sea you could measure the angle between the horizon and Polaris with a sextant. This angle is approximately equal to your Northern latitude. There are some mathematical corrections one can perform to get a more precise answer, but the further south you sail...
Carbon dioxide is used in a life jacket..
In nautical terms, the "halyards" are used to "haul the yards" of sail (up or down). The mainsail halyard is called the "main sheet", the jib sail halyard is called the "jib sheet" & the mizzen sail halyard is called the "mizzen sheet".
The bow on any vessel is the front most part of the boat
A steering wheel on a sail boat is still called a steering wheel.
The aftermost sail in a multi-masted boat is typically the mizzen, but in some rigs can be called the spanker as well.
a "one masted vessel" is a boat with a single mast, or a large metal/aluminum piece standing vertically in the boat. the mast always holds the main sail of the boat there are many one masted sailing vessels in the world some include :: -J24 -Tartan 28 -Snipe -420 -Laser -505 ...
Not as a general rule. Though they may have produced some.
Anne Stallybrass starred in a programme called The Onedin Line as Anne Webster. The programme is about a shipping line called The Onedin Line, and a sea captain named James Onedin.
Mast (vertical, leading edge of sail), Boom (horizontal,bottom of sail), and a spinnaker pole if you use a spinnaker which is a sail type
Be well prepared and just do it, you'll never know if you don't
you are following another vessel on it's starboard side. the stern light and stbd running light are visible
Perhaps the whisker pole?
Darwin was on board HMS Beagle, initially as a companion for the Captain (Robert Fitzroy). They set sail from Plymouth on December 27, 1831.
"Aport" because, on a boat, facing forward, "port" is to the left.
yes they can They make their own wind. The true wind starts the boat moving forwards, as the boat moves forwards it effectively makes wind that appears to be coming from directly ahead, called induced wind. These two winds (true and induced) combine to form apparent wind, as this is the...
When the wind is from the right hand side of the yacht when you are looking towards the front
Strictly speaking, a boat's sails serve to catch the wind, propelling the boat forward. They can be adjusted in a number of ways using things like sheets, halyards, topping lifts, cunninghams, and other lines. Sails are generally adjusted based on what direction the boat is facing relative to the...
The sides of any ship are "the hull".
There's no law against it, but it will slow your boat down.
"Can't" & "should not" are two different things- the dimples will increase the friction of the water, lowering the efficiency of the hull. If you think it looks nice on your boat, there is nothing stopping you. To my somewhat limited knowledge, there's no law against it!
Yes. Oars are like levers. As Archimedes said: "Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world." It may not be the best way to drive a sailboat (why not use the sails?), but in an emergency, or where there is no wind, it may be the only alternative to an outboard motor. Many...
The bow is the front end, also called a 'prow'.
Some would say Christopher Columbus, because he sailed West to find the East.
It is a part of the sail.
There were four people in each sailboat, together. Not ALL together... This "word riddle" would have been easier if there had been proper punctuation.
umm nothing really you just need 2 be careful
Yes, he was shot by pirates on December 5th, 2001.
A barque a sailing ship, typically with three masts, in which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged and the mizzenmast is rigged fore-and-aft.
Its' anchor, silly!
Sailing ships ranged in size a lot. The size of the ship depended on the purpose, and the resources of the people who built them. Caravels, which were used at the beginning of the Age of Exploration, were only 40 to 60 feet long and 50 to 60 tons. The huge Manila galleons used for carrying goods...
Reassurance isn't a bad word to describe the sailor's superstitionabout swallows. To be more precise it would be succour and a beliefthat having one tattooed on your body will assure your safe returnto your home. Swallows have a long history with humankind and theirsuperstitions. They have been seen...
Yes... some of us refer to it as "harnessing" the wind....
The stays are usually wire, connecting the mast (near to the top) to the deck (near the gunwales). Its purpose is to prevent the mast from being ripped out of the deck by the forces of the wind against the sail...
Answer . It depends on the type of boat. For example, the weight limit for a 470 is 275 lb. The smaller the boat, the smaller the weight limit. The larger the boat, the larger the weight limit.
I believe the complete term is "keel over". This sometimes referred to as a knockdown. If the keel turns straight up out of the water, your boat has "turned turtle". If a large wave turns your boat over end-to-end, you have been "pitch-poled". These conditions are usually cause by rogue winds, rogue...
The most common method is to take a "noon sighting" of the sun (our closest star) with a sextant, measuring the angle between the horizon & the star (sun). Using ancient tables, the coordinates found indicate your latitude & longitude.
There are too many variables associated with this question. Please re-state your question.
According to the laws of Physics as we currently know them, it is not possible to sail any closer to the wind than 45 degrees. That leaves a 90 degree window altogether. If indeed, "East" is 90 degrees on your compass (like all the rest in our world), you will not be able to sail toward the wind,...
A captain is generally the one in charge of a boat, however, in his/her absence, the skipper, or person steering the boat, is in charge. The skipper is usually the captain in smaller boats, but in larger vessels these are usually different people.
I took pictures of Stefans yacht, Tawny Pipit, being dashed to pieces on the rocks at Sandymouth Bay near Bude on the night he came ashore. I took pictures of Stefan amongst the wreckage the next morning before taking him back to Bude, where he was staying to recover from his ordeal. We corresponded...
If this is a joke, then it is the one that I just threw out the window! You should have seen it go... But seriously, opinions vary on this subject. Search and decide for yourself, or as the song says, "Sail on, sail on, sailor"!
Inland or International? Pushing, pulling or pulling alongside? Inland Lights and Shapes Rule 24 (c) A power driven vessel when pushing ahead or towing alongside, except as required by paragraphs (b) and (i) Covers composite units) of this rule, shall exhibit: (iii) Two towing lights ...
This could be a sloop (main + jib), a cutter (main + jib + foresail), or a cat boat (main alone). There are many variations.
Brand new offical laser full rig sails cost about £525 (ca. $780USD)
Nominally, no. However, waste management can be a problem.
A boat driven by power, such as an inboard or outboard motor. This answer is good! The only reason I typed the internationally recognized term was for testing purposes. The first person who answered was correct. COLREGS 1972 Navigation Rules -International- General Rule 3 Definitions...
Sailboat is to sail as kite is to fly, just as airplane is to wing and oil tanker is to engine.
This is really a matter of opinion, but a catamaran or trimaran does provide a more stable platform in rough seas, such as are encountered in the Southern latitudes.
Captain: Lieutenant: Master: Gunner: Carpenter: Mates: Quartermaster: this is for the early sailing ships 1600+
various type include sloops, cat rigs, one and two person dinghys etc,used in either competitive sports like olympics or casual hobby
Here are links to a couple of websites that discuss the various regattas around the world.
That vessel is said to be 'sloop-rigged', even if that jibs'l is a spinnaker with whisker pole(s).
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This question does not provide enough information to be adequately answered. The main factors are hull displacement & gross weight. Also, is the intended usage to be "at sea" or "just around the marina"?
Red to port, green to starboard. You can remember this by recalling that the word "red" has less letters in it than "Green", and that "Port" has less letters than "Starboard".
there is no answer to this question
Answer . Maximum Speed of a Single-Hull Displacement Boat Hull Speed = 1.34 x the square root of the LWL LWL: length of the hull at the waterline. . Please note: this is the theoretical maximum speed of a displacement monohull and does not take into account the following criteria: . 1....
high magnetic power which enable it to use in compass