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Lofting

Lofting – The technique of converting a scaled drawing to full sized plans. Commonly used in boat construction.

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Loggerhead

Loggerhead –  An iron ball attached to a long handle, used for driving caulking into seams and (occasionally) in a fight. Hence: ‘at loggerheads’.

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Long stay

Long stay – A description for the relative slackness of an anchor chain; this term means taught and extended.

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Loose Cannon

Loose Cannon – A loose cannon, weighing thousands of pounds, would crush anything and anyone in its path, and possibly even break a hole in the hull, thus endangering the seaworthiness of the whole ship.

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Loose footed

Loose footed – A mainsail that is not connected to a boom along its foot.

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