Boat-a wood (or fiberglass) hole in the water into which you pour money
BOAT-an acronym for Break Out Another Thousand
West Marine-place you almost always BOAT
Boatyard-place for making boat repairs and BOAT becomes BOATT
Yacht-a boat that makes its own ice
Skipper-that’s me. Captain works too, but that somehow belittles those professionals who actually know what they are doing. Gilligan is arguably more appropriate than Captain…so, we'll go with Skipper.
First Mate-my beautiful wife, Carrie, when she is handling lines, fenders, boat hooks or otherwise assisting in docking, locking or whatever.
Admiral-my beautiful wife, Carrie, when she is doing anything else, like making decisions, navigating or giving orders to the Skipper.
Mary Ann-my beautiful wife, Carrie, in her normal small town persona, named after Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island.
Mrs. Howell aka "Lovey"-my beautiful wife, Carrie, in another persona, which appears very infrequently, but quite believably.
Ginger-my beautiful wife, Carrie, in my favorite of her personas…you get the point!
Port-a great wine from Portugal…no wait…there’s something else…oh yeah, the left side of the boat when facing forward; also a safe harbor
Starboard-the right side of the boat as you are facing forward in it
Fore-forward in the boat; a common (for me) golfing term as well
Aft-towards the rear of the boat
Bow- the front of the boat; also what you do when you do not destroy anything while docking
Stern-the back of the boat; also the voice of the Admiral
Helm-where you drive the boat from
Fly Bridge-upper deck with second helm
Cockpit-the deck area at water level aft
Transom-the wall at the stern between the cockpit and the swimstep
Swimstep-the walk space behind the transom
Bilge-engine room on the boat, often low, crowded, noisy and hot
Bilge Rat-the one elected to go down to the bilge to check fluids, bail water, or clean up the mess
Dinghy or Tender-small inflatable boat with outboard motor carried on larger vessel
Galley-the boat’s kitchen
Galley Slave-whoever is doing the cooking or cleanup; yes, the Skipper takes his turn…sometimes
Head-the boat’s bathroom or toilet; also, according to one President, a reference to not having sex…
Knot-Nautical Mile, 1.1 statute miles!
Chart-map of waterways, but they are charts, not maps
Lines-look a lot like ropes, used for tying boat to docks, etc…but, they are lines, not ropes!
Windlass-small but powerful motor for raising and lowering anchor
Fender-padded rubber pieces used to keep boats from rubbing against docks or each other…and they are fenders, not buoys!
Buoy-a floating aid to navigation or marker
Looper-member of America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association (AGLCA) who is doing, planning on doing, or has done the Great Loop.
ICW-Intra-Coastal Waterway which runs from Miami to Cape May, NJ on the Atlantic as well as from Texas to Central Florida on the Gulf.