Dictionary

Keeping track of what I’m learning:

Berth– a cabin or place to sleep. We have two, the master berth and the v-berth. There’s also more sleeping space in the salon.

Blackwater – The solid waste from your holding tanks. To be disposed of only in approved ways, highly toxic, smelly and generally bad to be anywhere near.

Breakwater– A place to avoid with your boat. They protect harbors and moorage against weather and waves. Also, a Philadelphia-based funk band from the 1970s, who has had music sampled by Daft Punk.

Cockpit – A place from which the boat is steered and controlled. We can also control the boat from inside in the pilot house.

Davit – A davit is a cranelike device that is used for supporting, raising, and lowering small boats/dinghies, anchors, etc. Also, the Gregorian name for David. They can also hold buoys. After learning this, I named our davits Ziggy and Stardust.

Dinghy – A small boat used to go ashore when at anchor, to go fishing, or in case of emergencies. Can be inflatable rubber, metal, or wood. Can be pulled up near or on the boat with the davits. Originated around 1785-95; Bengali diṅgi, Hindi ḍiṅgī, diminutive of ḍiṅgā meaning boat.

Galley – In our case, kitchen. The meaning of galley being “cooking range or cooking room on a ship” dates from 1750 or so.

Pilot House – Interior area of the boat from which the boat is steered and controlled. Also our entry, mudroom, home office, and place we hang out the most.

Salon – The living room of a boat, but we don’t really use it as much. As it gets warmer it will be a shady retreat.