Cruising guides, weather and tide information, glossary of nautical tems

A

A-Bracket A metal bracket which supports a propeller shaft beneath the hull, just ahead of the propeller.In form it is more like a V than an inverted A. A single-legged…

B

B Flag The single-letter signal means, ‘I am taking in, or discharging or carrying dan¬gerous goods’. The flag is a plain red swallow-tail and you will see it on vessels…

C

C (letter) In the International Code of Signals the single letter C means Yes (or AffIrm¬ative). Charlie in the phonetic alphabet -0-0 in Morse code. Cabin cruiser Invariably a powered…

D

D (Delta) The single-letter signal means, ‘Keep clear of me; I am manoeuvring with difficulty’. Few yachtsmen are likely to make it, if only because they would hardly find time…

E

E (Echo) In the International Code of Signals the single letter E means, ‘I am altering my course to starboard’. Echo in the phonetic alphabet, and just a single dot…

F

Fixed (On charts, though for the most part I am omitting chart abbreviations.) Foxtrot In the International Code of Signals the single letter F means, ‘I am disabled; communicate with…

G

G – Golf In the International Code of Signals the single letter G means, ‘1 require a pilot’, and may be made by flag or any other method of signalling.…

H

H – Hotel In the International Code H means, ‘[ have a pilot on board’. It is a commonly¬made single-letter signal since a ship normally flies the H flag whenever…

I

I – India As a single-letter signal in the International Code it means, ‘f am altering my course to port’, and as such is more often given by sound than…

J

Juliet As a single-letter signal it means, ‘I am on fIre and have dangerous cargo on board; keep well clear of me’. In the Morse code it is .– and…