Monday, 9 January 2012

The Boaters Alphabet (A)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" is my way of creating some blog content whenever time is short and I need to spend my available time elsewhere doing other things.

A is for Afloat
is for "Afloat" and all the enjoyment I get from just being on board our boat Rose of Arden. There is nothing better in this life than a sunny summers day. Tranquil surroundings all enjoyed with a glass of wine. Listening to the trilling song of a Skylark and watching Swallows, Housemartins and Swifts swooping around the sky. It's a hard life and someone has it to do, this time its my turn!

Now where did I put my sunglasses?

Abaft - Toward the back or stern of the boat, or generally being behind the boat.
Abeam - Being at right angles to the boat.
Aboard - Being on the deck or even within the boat.
Abreast - Being alongside and close to another boat.
Adrift - Not under power or attached to any mooring.
Aft - A position closer to the stern of the boat.
Aground - Sat on the bottom not fully afloat.
Ahead - Moving in a forward direction.
Alee - The opposite side of a boat to the direction of the wind. Opposite of windward.
Aloft - A position that is above the deck of the boat.
Amidships - A position towards the centre line of the boat.
Anchorage - A mooring place but not attached to the shore.
Astern - Going in reverse against the usual direction with the boat moving stern first.
Athwartships - Across the boat at right angles to the centre line.
Aweigh - The anchor when it is raised clear of the bottom.


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