"A comprehensive dictionary covering terms related to piloting and celestial navigation; winds, weather, tides, and ice; the shipping business; deck equipment and rigging; knots and marlinespike seamanship; small-boat handling; U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ranks; and flags and signaling."
--Book News, Inc.
"Mr. Lenfestey has done a fine job of offering a thoroughly practical and up-to-date guide to nautical usage for today's mariner."
--K.B. Raisch, Chief Warrant Officer, USCG Eagle
From the Back Cover
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?
Nautical language is a richly diverse blend of terms and idioms that reflect generations of experience and enterprise on the high seas. Some of the oldest phrases still retain their original definitions from long before Shakespeare's day; others have subtly shifted in meaning over the years. Still others, brand-new and freshly coined from laptop computers, are just making their way into the vernacular.
Here, in The Sailor's Illustrated Dictionary, Thompson Lenfestey presents the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate reference of its kind to appear in over forty years. The book gathers more than 8,500 definitions and covers an ocean of information from supertankers to dinghies, from naval warfare to pleasure yachting, and from sail to oar. Written in clear, accessible language, The Sailor's Illustrated Dictionary not only includes definitions, but also parts of speech, cross-references, unusual pronunciations, and - when necessary - examples of appropriate usage. It also includes illustrations showing subjects as wide ranging as knots, cloud formation, navigation lights, and silhouettes of sail and power vessels. It's an essential book for every yachter, naval buff, historian, or anyone who loves the sea, and belongs on every nautical bookshelf.