Have you ever been caught in the doldrums? Can you spot the difference between a ketch and a yawl? Do you know when you are ready to jibe or whether one "fakes" or "flakes" a line? This richly diverse language of contemporary seafaring is a curious blend of terms, reflecting generations of the sailor's enterprise. Some of the oldest terms still retain their original meanings from before Shakespeare's day; other old terms have subtly shifted meaning over the years. Still others, brand-new and freshly minted from desktop computers, spring up fully jargoned and acronymed. Thompson Lenfestey's "The Sailor's Illustrated Dictionary", the most modern, comprehensive and accurate reference of its kind to appear in 40 years, gathers more than 9,000 nautical terms and makes sense of them. It covers the whole scope of contemporary seafaring - from supertankers to dinghies, from naval warfare to pleasure yachting, and from sail to oar.
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Thompson Lenfestey studied marine science and served as an operations officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. A resident of Florida, he is the author of the highly successful Gunkholer's Cruising Guide to Florida's West Coast.Review:
A thoroughly practical and up-to-date guide to nautical usage for today's mariner. -- K.B. Raisch, Cheif Warrant Officer USCG Eagle
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