This dictionary was probably the most ambitious thing we've started on this website. So ambitious it's clear that we're never going to get it done, but the intention was good. What we are ultimately trying to achieve, is a glossary of sailing and construction terms found on this site so that a newcomer can work out what we are saying. That's what we have so far completely failed to do, and probably will continue to fail to do for quite some time in the future!

To our astonishment (it's now towards the end of 2010) we started and did nothing more after 2006, so one would think it was time to admit defeat, but oh no, not us... we have PLANS you see. So keep watching this space just in case they come off!


Why do we need to use jargon anyway you may ask? Well it's not jargon really, it's just using the appropriate words for the task in hand.

The motor car or (automobile) is something that's very familiar to us, and we are very comfortable using unique terminology to describe many of the parts. "Hub Caps" aren't. The bonnet, (hood) is really "the lid over the engine". Headlights, have nothing to do with heads, in fact on a boat one would expect to find the headlight over the toilet.

While it can indeed be difficult at the beginning of the learning process, like all things it gets easier with time, and it's part of our objective to make that as easy as possible. All of this means of course that the website expands like the universe, until eventually like the universe it will disappear into a black hole. Which is sort of where it is right now come to think of it.

On another but related note:Lots of people mistakenly look at all of the ropes on a sailing boat and think that's what they are "ropes". Unless someone can show me the error of my way, I am of the firm belief that the majority of small sailing boats don't actually have a rope on board.

In fact the only piece of "rope" that is called a rope on a boat, is the little bit hanging from the donger on the ships bell.

Donger of course is not a nautical term, and could be confused for something else, but I used it merely as an example of how important it is to use the correct terminology. Heaven forbid that one should walk around with a bit of rope hanging from one's donger if one was not on a ship.


Someone who hasn't failed to do this though is Craig O'Donnell, whose Cheap Pages had dissertations on polytarp sails long before we believed in them. Craig has digitised the complete volume of Dixon Kemp's Dictionary of yachting terms, and has kindly consented to this link. This gave us the opportunity of using his cool little doll's head too, click on it to open to the Cheap Pages in another window. Anyway, if you really want to know what something is called, and it's not here, go there! If it's not there, send us an email and we'll make something up!

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