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HEAD TIDE

A tidal current setting in a direction approximately opposite to the heading of a vessel. One setting in such a direction as to increase the speed of a vessel is called a FAIR TIDE. One abeam is called a BEA

FAVORABLE WIND

A wind which aids a craft in making progress in a desired direction. Usually used in connection with sailing vessels. A wind which delays the progress of a craft is called an UNFAVORABLE WIND. Also called FAIR WIND.

FAIR

1. A smooth curve, usually referring to a line of the hull which has no deviations. 2. To make something flush. 3. A line is fair when it has a clear run. 4. A wind or current is fair when it offers an advantage to a boat.

UNFAVORABLE WIND

A wind which delays the progress of a craft in a desired direction. Usually used in plural and chiefly in connection with sailing vessels. A wind which aids the progress of a craft is called a FAIR or FAVORABLE WIND.

UNSETTLED

Pertaining to fair weather which may at any time become rainy, cloudy, or stormy.

FAIRING

The process of bevelling the stem, chine, sheers, keel, and frames so that the planking will have flat surfaces to glue and fasten to. A fair hull is one with no dips or bumps in the longitudinal lines of the hull. Fairness is checked by sighting down the longitudinal lines.

DRIFT PIN

Conical tapered pins driven into sheets with rivet holes that are not fair in order to force them into line.

FREE

1) A sailing course that is reaching or running. 2) A vessel is free, when she has a fair wind. 3) A freeing puff allows sheets to be eased, or the sail boat to be pointed higher. 4) When the water has been pumped out of a vessel and she is no longer encumbered.

FURRINGS

Strips of timber applied to frames in order to fair their faces for attachment of cladding.

SOLDIERS WIND

A fair wind that requires no tacking.

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