Nautical words



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Fifteen-Metre Type. First international type of yacht (1911). Length overall, 76 ft.; L.W.L., 49 ft.; Beam, 13.8 ft.; Sail area 4450 sq. ft.; Reg. tonnage, 27.5; T.M. tonnage, 50; Freeboard. 3.7 ft.

Fifty-Gun Ship. Man of war intermediate between frigate and ship of the line.

Figsies. Elizabethan spelling of 'Fizgigs'.

Figure Head. Carved figure on stem and immediately below bowsprit.

Figure of Eight. Knot put in end of rope or fall to prevent it unreeving through a block or sheave.

Filibuster. Originally, a buccaneer. Now applied to any lawless adventurer.

Fill (a Sail). To trim a sail so that wind acts on it.


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