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Between wind and water

Between wind and water – ┬áThe part of a ship’s hull that is sometimes submerged and sometimes brought above water by the rolling of the vessel.

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Bailer

Bailer – A device for removing water from the boat.

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Force

Force – ┬áThe scale describing wind force devised by Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort in 1808, in which winds are graded by the effect of their force (originally, the amount of sail that a fully rigged frigate could carry). Scale now reads up to Force 17.

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Brass Monkey weather

Brass monkey or brass monkey weather – Used in the expression “it is cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey”

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Bermudan rig

Bermudan rig – A triangular mainsail, without any upper spar, which is hoisted up the mast by a single halyard attached to the head of the sail. This configuration, introduced to Europe about 1920, allows the use of a tall mast, enabling sails to be set higher where wind speed is greater.

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