Saturday, 14 January 2012

Boaters Alphabet (F)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" today's letter is F and is a Flag. Flags cover a wide variety of functions. A flag is a piece of fabric with a distinctive design  often of a symbol used as a signalling device, or for identification. National flags are patriotic symbols, often with military associations due to their original military use.

The Jolly Roger is the most famous of flags flown to identify a boat's crew as pirates. Consisting of a human skull above two long bones set in an X arrangement on a black field. Historically, the flag was flown to frighten pirates' victims into surrendering without a fight.

is for flag to be flown when cruising along the canals, on a warm summers evening. A light breeze gently moves our pirate flag. Birds are singing in the willow trees and all is well with the world. The metallic click as another ice cold can of beer is opened. The glug-glug as the glass is filled. Its a hard life, someone has it to do, today it is my turn.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum beer, bottoms up!

Fathom - Six feet.
Fender - A rope or inflated cushion, placed between a boat and the side to prevent damage.
Fore and Aft - In a line parallel to the centre line of the boat.
Forward - A position toward the bow of the boat.
Fouled - Any piece of equipment that is entangled and difficult to clear.
Freeboard - The shortest distance from the surface of the water to the gunwale.


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