Friday, 3 February 2012

The Boaters Alphabet (L)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" today's letter is L and is for Lee - The direction toward which the wind blows. A situation where a boat is sheltering from the local weather conditions behind a bigger object.

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is for lee, the direction toward which the wind blows. A place to take shelter from a biting wind on a cold February day. Hot tea and delicious warm buttered toast, snuggled up in our windproof, showerproof boating garb. Looking like the Michelin Man.

is also for log, not the ships log, this time its a log for the fire. There is no finer place to be, all toasty and warm that comes close to the inside of the boat. Next time a gongoozeler asks is it cold inside the boat in winter, you can answer "it depends where I set the thermostat." Time to fetch another log from the top box. Its a hard life, someone has it to do, today its her turn.

Back to my Kindle and reading The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth.

Lee side - The side of an object that is sheltered from the wind.
Leeway - Slip sideways downwind while moving forward.
List - A continuous lean to one side due to improper weight distribution.
List - An angle associated with the crew when returning after an evening of reverie, in a nearby hostelry.
Locker - A stowage compartment.
Luff - The leading edge of a sail.
Log - a record of the boats activities.


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