Sunday 29 January 2012

The Boaters Alphabet (J)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" today's letter is J and is a Jetty. A landing point, projecting out from the shore. Also called a mole, pontoon, dock, pier, quay or breakwater. Usually a place to moor a boat to give ease of access. The Spiral Jetty is the work of American sculptor Robert Smithson. It is an earthwork built of mud, basalt and earth, it forms a 1,500-foot-long 15-foot-wide anti-clockwise coil.

is for the joy I get from spending time on the boat. Watching nature slowly glide past. Ducks and Geese with new broods in tow. A sudden flash of blue, followed by a piecing whistle from a Kingfisher flying inches above the surface. Soon to be seen sat on a branch low to the water. Like me he is eagerly watching and waiting. A sudden dart and a small splash. Back to the branch, and a quick side to side movement as a small fish is dashed unconscious. Another meal for a brood of hungry chicks huddled and hidden at the end of a bank side tunnel. Like the Kingfisher, its not an easy life just watching and waiting. Its a difficult pastime. However, someone has it to do and today its my turn.

Wine or beer another difficult choice!

Jacobs Ladder - a rope ladder.
Jack plate - a mounting device for an outboard motor.
Jet Ski - a boat powered by a water-pump used to create propulsion.
Jib - a triangular sail projecting ahead of the mast.
Jibe - a change of course so the sail boom swings over to the opposite side.


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