Boating Glossary of Terms

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keel
The bottom-most portion or longitudinal centerline of a hull.
ketch
A sailboat similar in appearance to a yawl with a tall main mast and a shorter mizzen mast ahead of the rudder post.
kicker motor
A small auxiliary outboard motor.
kill switch
A switch with a lanyard that automatically shuts off an engine if disconnected.
kite fishing
A technique that involves attaching a fishing line to a kite to present bait at a distance from the boat.
knot
Speed measured in nautical miles per hour.