By Capt. Carl Kelly
Nautical language developed over a long period of time, mostly before the time of power vessels. Although some of the words seem strange to the modern ear we continue to use the language. Here are a few of the most often used nautical words.
Port is the left side as you face forward on a boat; starboard is the right side.
Fore is toward the bow, or front; aft is toward the stern, or back.
Beam is the width of a boat at its widest point. Abeam means directly off the side of the boat, either side.
The cockpit is the place where you steer, cockswain the person who steers.
Windward is into the wind. Leeward is in the direction the wind is blowing. So, the lee side is the sheltered side of an island or a boat.
A line is a rope, but on a boat don’t call it a rope.