Boat Insurance Glossary

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  • The luff is simply the foremost edge of a sail (i.e. that which is next to the sat or mast).

Broad Reach

  • Travelling by sail whereby the winds are gently aft of beam.


  • The act of removing water (often manually via pump or potentially even bucket!) from the floor of your vessel. Prevalent in some more susceptible vessels are auto-bilge or self-bailing technology which can be either manually or automatically triggered to drain excess water from the vessel.


  • To wear is to sail through 360 degrees in order to avoid a jibe/ gybe thus changing your downwind direction.


  • 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.


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 All terms are subject to correction or amendment at any time and are also always superseded/ secondary to any definitions provided in current marine insurance policy documentation.

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