Wednesday 8 February 2012

Boaters Alphabet (P)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" today's letter is P and is for Paddle. A stick with a blade in the end of it used to propel a small boat through the water. Paddles are often to be found floating free in the nether regions of a creek. A propeller is a useful alternative to a paddle.

is for Pump-out a time for removing black water waste from a holding tank. Cassette or pump-out opinions vary. I know which I prefer.

is for Passage a journey from one place to another. Done at our leisure and full of relaxation and calm. A time to reflect on life and to become attuned to the passage of the seasons. Boating is a hard life, someone has it to do, today it is my turn.

Now, where did I put my Kindle.

Plot - To plan a navigation course using a chart.
Painter - A line tied to the bow of a small boat for use in towing, securing or tying up.
Pennant - A small tapering flag, which can be used for identification or communication.
Pieces Of Eight - The Spanish silver peso - pirate treasure.
Pier - A loading/landing platform or structure extending at an angle from the shore.
Pile - A wood, metal or concrete pole driven into the bottom.
Piling - Support, protection for wharves and piers, constructed of piles.
Pilot - An individual with specific knowledge of a waterway.
Pilothouse - A compartment on the bridge of a ship that contains the steering wheel.
Pitch - The alternate rise and fall of the bow of a vessel proceeding through waves.
Pitch - The theoretical distance advanced by a propeller in one revolution.
Pitch - Tar and resin used for caulking between the planks of a wooden vessel.
Pontoon - A hollow, watertight tank used to give buoyancy.
Port - The left side of the boat when facing forward, originally called larboard.
Poseidon - The Greek god of the sea.
Prop Walk - Sideward force created by a spinning propeller.
Propeller - A rotating device, with two or more blades, for propelling a vessel.
Punt - A small flat bottomed boat square at either end.
Push the boat out - This is an old navel expression meaning to have drinks all round.


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