NAUTICAL DICTIONARIES, SEA TERMS & TRIVIA.



See also: Nautical History and Polar Exploration

  • Reeds Maritime Flag Handbook
  • The Little Blue Book of Sailing Wisdom
  • Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch
  • The Illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages
  • The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge
  • Boat Words
  • The Little Book of the Sea - Food and Drink
  • Why Sailors can't Swim
  • Yachtsman's Ten Language Dictionary
  • Salty Dog Talk
  • Skylarks and Scuttlebutts
  • Nautical Curiosities

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    REEDS MARITIME FLAG HANDBOOK
    ByMirana Delmar-Morgan. Paperback, 0.16kg, 102mm x 160mm, 154 pages, full colour illustrations. 2nd ed. Published 20152.
    This handy pocket-size guide is the perfect on-board reference for the maritime flags of the world and their usage
  • What flag goes where and when
  • Types of flags
  • Signals Flags
  • Special ensigns
  • Yacht club burgess
  • International maritime flags
  • Legal requirements
    Anyone who has ever put to sea wondering about the different types of flags flown, how they are made up, and the dos and doníts as well as the traditions and myths of flying flags should find this a fascinating and useful handbook.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK OF SAILING WISDOM Edited byEd Stephen Brennan. Hardback, 0.50kg, 135mm x 185mm, 214 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2014.

    The Little Blue Book of Sailing Wisdom contains some of the most moving, perceptive, witty, and inspirational words ever spoken or written about the seafaring life. Novelists, politicians, exploreres, playwrights, musicians and celebrities weigh in on life upon the water, under sail. Included are quotes from:

  • Winston Churchill
  • Jack London
  • William Shakespeare
  • John F Kennedy
  • Mark Twain
  • Ted Turner and many others...

    Our personal favourites? ....

    Marianne - "Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit"

    Janet - "A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree"

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    JACK TAR AND THE BABOON WATCH; A Guide to Curious Nautical Knowledge for Landlubbers and Sea Lawyers Alike.

    by Captain Frank Lanier. Paperback , 0.28kg, 162mm x 230mm, 194 pages, Black & white illustrations. Published 2014.
    Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch is a collection of unusual, nautical-based phrases and trivia tidbits for 'Jack Tars' (sailors) and 'Landlubbers' (unexperienced sailors) alike. These colourful terms and entertaining phrases (in plain language) have been collected and compiled over two decades by Frank Lanier whilst serving in the U.S. Coastguard, and from the various ships he served on and the different postings..

    Some are familiar, some, perhaps a little bizarre....

    Dogs Vomit is a moist hash of hardtack biscuits and meat cooked together, Kissed by Mother Carey are those whose destiny is forever tied to the sea...Suck the Monkey is the clandestine siphoning of spirits from one of the ship's casks via a straw, or other such tube... More than a nautical trivia book, this fascinating collection is more of a 'Ripley's believe it or Not', kind of book. Written for the reader who wants to know more, or the rest of the story..to know how the Amazon River got its name, to know why ...'to fudge something' is named after Captain Fudge, and what about those Roaring Forties and their 360 degrees, 12,000 mile winds..?

    The perfect book for know-alls, wanna be know-alls, or Nautical Trivial Pursuit or Quiz games. Probably not as interactive as Painting the Lion , (???) but just as much fun!

    Test yourself, or your mates... No more 'fudging' it!

    NZ$29.00 + delivery.

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    THE ILLUSTRATED BOAT DICTIONARY IN 9 LANGUAGES by Vanessa Bird. Paperback, 0.45kg, 190mm x 245mm, 160 pages.
    The Illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages is an invaluable reference for boating excursions abroad. Helpful explanatory illustrations, arranged by topic, will enable you to communicate quickly and easily abroad when you need help but can't speak the language. Centered around clear annotated diagrams on a wealth of subjects, this invaluable visual reference makes it easy to explain what you need (or what has broken!) in nine different languages

    Let's imagine you are stuck in Rotterdam and you need some bolt cutters (betonschaars) or perhaps you have an urge for a grease gun in Copenhagen (schmierpresse), or maybe you need to be making headway (Arrancada avante) in Spain..and hey, who doesn't want to know where anchoring is prohibited in Porto (Probido Fundear!) or what the the formalities are like in Denmark (Formalitaten) This book has words and illustrations for the nine most used languages, including.. English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Portugese and Greek.

    Topics covered:

  • Parts of a boat (Sail and Power)
  • Manoeuvring, berthing, anchoring.
  • Tides, Navigation and Weather
  • Parts of an Engine, including outboards.
  • Water, gas, electrical and steering systems
  • Tools, plus maintenance and repair terms
  • Safety equipment and parts of the body

    Amazingly comprehensive, and specially geared to yachtsmen and motorboaters, this is a must-have reference for anyone cruising in foreigh waters.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    THE PRACTICAL MARINER'S BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE - 460 sea-tested rules of thumb for almost every boating situation.

    by John Vigor. paperback, 0.28kg, 120mm x 204mm, 274 pages. Second expanded edition published 2013.
    The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge is either the most useful boating book ever designed to entertain or the most entertaining book ever designed to be useful. In its alphabetical organization that juxtaposes wildly disparate entries, you can read about the derivation of figureheads where you turned to for recommended thicknessess of fibreglass hulls. In between the whimsy, however, is the essence of centuries of seafaring experience distilled into a concise reference for sailors and powerboaters. There may be no substitute for a lifetime of experience, but this book is the next best thing. It should be kept at the navigation station and on every boat.

    Inside you will find information that is otherwise scattered through dozens of volumes. If you can't find what you want quickly from the table of contents, there's an exhaustive subject index. If you need more precise data than a rule of thumb can provide, you may well find it among the 6 appendix tables, which are also indexed. You'll find rules of thumb for:

  • Changing a boat's name
  • Towing the safest way
  • Burial at sea
  • Preventing wood rot
  • Hull thicknesses
  • Anchoring rights
  • Jib size
  • Curing mast vibration
  • Time taken for boat tasks
  • Survival rations
    and a lot more: open it up and get lost in the sage advice and witty wisdom that will make you long for the sea.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    THE ADLARD COLES BOOK OF BOAT WORDS.

    By Denny Desoutter. Paperback, 0.32kg, 138mm x 216mm, 254 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Compiled by Denny Desoutter, the much-loved former editor of Practical Boat Owner magazine, this handy dictionary explains more than 1,500 nautical terms in an accessible and down to earth manner. Covering all areas of boating, it uses practical examples to bring the meanings alive, and helpful illustrations to explain technical points.
    In this completed updated eidtion, new words and acronyms created by advances in technology are included as well as the more arcane historical terms: GMDSS and AIS are here, alongside fathoms and drabblers. Practical and clear, yet written with a sense of fun, this book is more than just a dictionary - it is a handy reference you'll enjoy dipping into time and again.

    NZ$33.00 + delivery.

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    THE LITTLE BOOK OF THE SEA - FOOD AND DRINK.

    By Lorenz Schroter. Hardback, 118mm x 184mm, 196 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Have you ever wondered how many servings of fish and chips are sold in the UK per year? Or why women, on average, catch bigger fish than men? Or what the last meal served on board the Titanic was?
    If so, enjoy this endlessly diverting volume, which gathers together facts, figures, lore and trivia about all things edible from the sea. From recipes gathered from around the world, to instructions for eating pufferfish (the world's deadliest delicacy), to the official explanation of how Popeye the Sailor discovered the strength-enhancing qualities of spinach, this book contains a smorgasbord of useful, useless, and altogether intriguing information.
    So tie a bib and pull up a chair - we're serving up a feast of delicious details about the ocean's greatest bounty: seafood!

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    WHY SAILORS CAN'T SWIM.
    By Nic Compton. Hardback, 0.23 kgs, 155mm x 205mm, 96 pages. Published 2013.
    The origins of a myriad of nautical expressions that have crept into everyday use. Fascinating maritime folklore, endless trivia, and insightful titbits.
    Why do sailors wear earrings? Most popular boat names? The year no one died at sea in Iceland? Which country has the longest coastline?. All these questions can be answered in a flash...impress your friends and start some arguments! The perfect little gift book for those who (think) they know everything.....Do you really know how to tell the age of a fish? And what is the most popular sailboat design? Thoughfully the publishers have included the recipe for traditional pirate punch to fuel any discussions!

    NZ$28.00 + delivery.

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    YACHTSMAN'S TEN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY.

    By Barbara Webb & Cruising Association. Paperback, 210mm x 148mm, 240 pages.
    Go abroad with the local lingo on hand, with the third edition of this multilingual dictionary. Specifically geared to yachtsmen, it covers cruising terms in English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Greek.
    Thoroughly updated to cater for all the subjects today's yachtsman might need, this unique reference includes words for several thousand onboard items as well as covering the latest developments in electronic and mechanical equipment. Arranged in helpful subject categories for easy use, it will be a godsend to any boatowner venturing abroad, and in particular charter and flotilla sailors.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    SALTY DOG TALK.
    By Bill Beavis & Richard McCloskey. Pbk, 125mm x 198mm, 96 pages. Reissue 2014
    Have you ever realised just how many of the words and expressions used in everyday English have a fascinating nautical origin?
    If you'v ever felt you've been sold down the river or put through the hoop, or that somebody is spic and span or footloose when they're at close quarters, or that anything less than the Real McCoy makes you want to chance your arm, then your language is already steeped in the salty tradition. This charming pocket book explains the seafaring origins of over 200 such phrases - colourful, bizarre and surprising - and how they came ashore. They are arranged alphabetically for easy reference, and with Bill Beavis' lively cartoons there is never a dull moment.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    SKYLARKS AND SCUTTLEBUTTS.
    By Lorenz Schroter. Hardback, 120mm x 180mm, 233 pages.
    Have you ever wondered why the sea is blue? Or what the best remedy for seasickness is? Or perhaps you have pondered how to tell where one ocean ends and another begins?
    If so, this book - the ultimate collection of facts, figures, lore and trivia about the sea - is for you.
    In it you will discover why the US navy's very first ship was called Alfred and how many metres of rock are above your head as you travel through the Channel Tunnel. You'll find out which fish are monogamous, which are hermaphrodite, and what astonishing world record is held by squid.
    You'll encounter a vast array of bizarre marine life, an extraordinary gallery of seafarers, submarines and adventures from throughout history, and no fewer than thirty words for snow. And there's even a recipe for cream of sea urchin.
    So batten down the hatches and enjoy the ultimate book of the sea. Don't leave dry land without one...
    This book is identical to The Little Book of the Sea which is no longer available.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    NAUTICAL CURIOSITIES.
    By Terry Breverton. Hardback, 0.67kg, 140mm x 206mm, 384 pages, colour contents and illustrations.
    What is the origin of the distress call 'Mayday'? How did the cod change the world? Where was history's most devastating wave? How did the War of Jenkin's Ear start? Who was the bloodiest pirate ever to have sailed? Where would you find the poop deck?
    From famous naval battles to the parts of an anchor, from maritime slang and saying to the heroes and villains of the high seas, and from the amazing creatures of the deep to how the oceans affect our weather, this remarkable compendium will entertain, inform and enthral anyone who has ever felt the call of the sea.

    NZ$35.00 + Delivery.

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    See also: Nautical History and Polar Exploration

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