To clear a dock.


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PLUNGER

1. A wooden shaft with a large rubber suction cup at the end, used to clear plumbing traps and waste outlets. 2. The long rod or piston of a reciprocating pump.

PERMEATE

The clear fluid that passes through the membrane in a membrane filtration process.

JACKSTAY

An iron rod bolted clear of the mainmast, to which the luff of the mainsail is laced.

AWEIGH

The position of anchor as it is raised clear of the bottom.

ISOLATED DANGER BUOY

An IALA navigation aid marking a danger with clear water all around; it has a double ball topmark and is black with at least one red band. If lighted its characteristic is Fl(2).

ISOLATED DANGER MARK (OR BUOY)

An IALA navigation aid marking a danger with clear water all around; it has a double ball topmark and is black with at least one red band. If lighted its characteristic is Fl(2).

TACKING DUELS

In sailboat racing on an upwind leg of the race course the complex manoeuvres of lead and overtaking boats to vie for the aerodynamic advantage of clear air. This results from the ongoing strategy of the lead boat's effort to keep the following boat(s) in the blanket of disturbed bad air he is creating.

LEADING LINE

On a nautical chart, a straight line, drawn through leading marks. A ship moving along such line will clear certain dangers or remain in the best channel.

CUSTOMS BROKER

This person prepares the needed documentation for importing goods (just as a freight forwarder does for exports). The broker is licensed by the Treasury Department to clear goods through U.S. Customs. Performs duties related to documentation, cargo clearance, coordination of inland and ocean transportation, dockside inspection of cargo, etc. (Also known as a customhouse broker.)

CHART SOUNDING DATUM

The tidal datum to which soundings and drying heights on a chart are referred. It is usually taken to correspond to a low water stage of the tide. Often shortened to CHART DATUM, especially when it is clear that reference is not being made to a geodetic datum.

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