Boating Glossary of Terms

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laminate
A single layer of material used in multi-layered fiberglass construction.
lamination schedule
A list of the sequential layers of materials used in fiberglass construction.
latitude
Geographic distance north or south of the equator expressed in degrees and minutes.
leaning post
Wide, padded bolster at the helm used instead of or in lieu of conventional seats.
lee
Direction toward which the wind blows.
lee side
The side of an object that is sheltered from the wind.
leeway
To slip sideways downwind while moving forward.
lifeline
Safety lines on deck that are grabbed to prevent falling overboard.
list
A continuous lean to one side due to improper weight distribution.
livewell
Compartment on a fishing boat designed to keep fish or bait alive.
LOA
Length overall; the distance between the most forward part of the boat and the most aft part.
locker
A stowage compartment, whether equipped with a lock or not.
longitude
Geographic distance east or west of the prime meridian expressed in degrees and minutes.
Loran C
Electronic navigation system that measures the time difference in the reception of radio signals from land-based transmitters.
luff
The leading edge of a sail.