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People can be a bit nit-picky on language, eh??
The "language" is essential. I always tell new guests on my boat that I realize that sailing terminology may sound arcane, but it's still relevant.

You don't want to be screaming "release that line! Not that line, the other one! No, the OTHER ONE!!!"

For the extremely newbi-ish, I color code my lines. "Pull the red line. Release the black line", but I don't let people operate that way for long. I make them learn the terms.

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When running high end charters in the Caribbean some years back, it quickly became obvious that my clients were not at all interested in learning nautical terminology.
I found that the 'pointy end', the 'blunt end' and 'the bar' were the three indispensable nautical terms however, especially the latter.
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Found out that 'make it fast' doesn't mean much in a stressful situation.Threw a good line to deckhand on a passing 65'fishboat when engine stalled as it headed,maybe 2 knts,for the causeway wall.Usually they just careen into moored yachts but he got a bite on the hand rail and I snubbed to the last cleat on the dock.
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She might have trouble with "Fall Off" a bit honey. Or for your buddy on the cel, "head up a bit" dickwad.
My wife hates "fall off." She thinks that after the talk of how cold and dangerous Lake Superior is and how important it is to stay on the boat, it's bad form to tell someone to fall off. So we say "head up" or "head down."
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Funny discussion.... I tend to speak the language of land to noobs unless they show interest in learning. Learned a long time ago that motivation is key to just about any kind of learning. Gotta make em curious...

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Funny discussion.... I tend to speak the language of land to noobs unless they show interest in learning. Learned a long time ago that motivation is key to just about any kind of learning. Gotta make em curious...
In my earlier post, I'm generally referring to people who have specifically asked me to teach them how to sail, not guests who just want to be out on the water.

There's a difference between students and guests.

My favorites are the newb students who interrupt me and say "I don't need to know that".

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