Boat Insurance Glossary

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Tell tales

  • Tell tales are short lengths of cord which are attached to sails. These help highlights wind direction and also highlight airflow thus supporting trimming.


  • A simple small flag, usually located at the top of your sail mast, which supports identifying wind direction.


  • The netted/ meshed square (or oblong) space between the two hulls of the vessel. It is also often a place for the crew to sit, which is often comfortable to rest up and enjoy watching the sea and waves rushing past underneath.

Stand-on vessel

  • The stand-on vessel is the vessel which has the right of way in any given situation, thus the other vessel must give way to allow right of passage of the stand-on boat.


  • A jib is just simply the front-most sail.


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 All terms are subject to correction or amendment at any time and are also always superseded/ secondary to any definitions provided in current marine insurance policy documentation.

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