Glossary of Boating 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.