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Misunderstood sailing terms by newbies...

This may be a post already but I couldn't find it. What I am looking for since I am new to sailing is what terms did you have set in your mind as one thing but completely wrong.

I will start this off and make myself look dunce.

I expected a stuffing box to be an actual box around the shaft filled with wet soupy fiberglass like material that had to be changed out ever so often. I have always been and inboard/outboard boater so it was new to me.

What other terms made you want to smack yourself once you realized what it was?
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Smack yourself?

Singlehanded sailing and a BOOM!

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Smack yourself?

Singlehanded sailing and a BOOM!
I see what you did there.
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Re: Misunderstood sailing terms by newbies...

I thouht "sheetes" mente the sailles
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Pulling on the "rudder" when experiencing "weather hell" so the boat doesn't "keel" too much.

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Threw a mooring line to a dead engine fish boat passing the end of the pier .Said make it fast. Deckie quickly looked at the line.Boat carried on into the causeway
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Blow the guy.
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Re: Misunderstood sailing terms by newbies...

I learned early on that the sheet was the line controlling the sail, so I had that down. What I didn't appreciate was when the skipper yelled "sheet!" that meant to pull that line in, typically referring to the spinnaker. The conversation went something like this:

Spinnaker apparently curling and starting to collapse.

Skipper: "Sheet... sheet... SHEEEEEEET!!!"

Me: "Yes, I have the sheet, it's right here, do you want it?"
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Don't be ashamed of your lack of sailing terminology. Many people who learn to sail on their own have very basic sailing vocabulary but can sail circles around the ASA 10-whatever person who memorized the textbook.
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