The expected response of a vessel to control mechanisms, such as a turn answering to the wheel and rudder. 'She won't answer' might be the report from a helmsman when turning the wheel under a pilot's order fails to produce the expected change of direction.

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AFT

Back of the vessel.

ASTERN

A backward movement of a vessel

ATHWARTSHIP

Across the ship, at right angles to the fore-and-aft centerline

ADJUSTABLE DIFFERENTIAL

A means of changing the difference between the control cut-in and cut-out points.

UPBOUND

A vessel traveling upstream.

ACTION

Refers to the action of a controller. It defines what is done to regulate the final control element to effect control.

BEAM

The width of a ship. Also called breadth.

SHED MODE

A method of demand control that reduces kW demand through shedding and restoring loads.

BREADTH

The width of a ship.

AFFREIGHTMENT

A hiring of a vessel

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