Glossary of Boating 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.