Glossary of Sail Terms
Definition of shank.
Definition of fluke.
Definition of a chartplotter.
Definition of furl.
Definition of keel.
Definition of draft.
Definition of scope.
Definition of rode.
Definition of bow roller.
Definition of holding ground.
Definition of lee, leeward.
Definition of forestay.
The mainsheet controls how far the mainsail is in or out.
The spreader holds the shrouds out from the mast.
A sheave is the central pulley part of a block.
A shackle attaches a line to a sail.
Sail slugs attach to the mainsail for raising and lowering the sail in the mast groove.
A mooring is a permanent anchor for a boat.
The luff is the leading edge of a sail.
The jib sail attaches to the forestay or headstay.
A halyard raises a sail.
The boltrope is part of a sail.
A block is a nautical pulley.
The mainsail is the large sail behind the (main) mast.
A winch is used to pull in or tighten a line (rope) that is under pressure.
A common knot used in many circumstances on sailboats.
A tiller is one way a sailboat's rudder is moved to turn the boat.
A swing keel is one type of a sailboat keel.
A water-ballast system is used in some trailerable sailboats.