Boat Insurance Glossary

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  • Buoyancy is the ability of something to float in water. Often vessels have specific design merits which result in a greater buoyancy, thus providing a greater safety aspect or making a vessel more recoverable in the event of a capsizing or a fault in it's hull.


  • A loop, hole or eyelet in a sail or safety support/ net that allows a rope to be threaded in order to support the sail or net.

Port Tack

  • Sailing with the wind coming over the starboard side/ port bow of the yacht/ dinghy/ catamaran.

Particular Average Freedom

  • This is a boat insurance averaging clause relating to the recovery of part losses which were the result of a sunken boat, beaching, collision with another vessel or fire.


  • Furling (the opposite of unfurling) is the process of rolling up your sail to put it away.


Please note: All boat insurance glossary terms are provided with best intentions only. All terms are subject to correction or amendment at any time and are also always superseded/ secondary to any definitions provided in current marine insurance policy documentation.

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