Waiting out a storm by dousing all sails and simply letting the boat drift.



Related Terms

DROGUE

A device to slow a boat down in a storm so that it does not speed excessively down the slope of a wave and crash into the next one. It is generally constructed of heavy flexible material in the shape of a cone. See also sea anchor.

SEA ANCHOR

Any device used to reduce a boat's drift before the wind.

DRIFTER

A type of fishing boat designed to catch herring in a long drift net, long used in the Netherlands and Great Britain.

DAY-SAILER

A sailing boat with limited accommodation for short passages.

GROYNE

Walls of stone or timber constructed down into the shallow water at right angles to the foreshore to minimise coastal erosion and sand drift from alongshore currents.

BOARDING SPEED

The speed of a vessel adjusted to that of a pilot boat at which the pilot can safely embark

SWINGING CIRCLE

The range of drift in a circular direction normally due to current, tide or wind shift, when a vessel is moored to a buoy.

OUTBOARD MOTOR

A motor mounted externally on the transom of a small boat. The boat may be steered by twisting the whole motor, instead of or in addition to using a rudder.

BARGE

Flat-bottomed boat for carrying cargo or bunker oil, usually pulled by tugs.

PONTOON

A float or low, flat-bottomed vessel to float machinery such as cranes, capstans, etc. or to support weights such as floating bridges boat landings, etc.

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