7 Popular Nautical Terms Explained | SlideMoor Blog

7 Popular Nautical Terms Explained

Wharf Rat: (Iidem decanus et murem) – Mammalian life form usually with 4 legs, pointed snout, beady eyes, and a long tail. However, two-legged varieties have been reported in and around establishments that serve alcoholic beverages near waterfront piers, wharves, and docks. The breeding habits of the two-legged variety are suspect at best. They most often can be observed after midnight or at closing time searching for a mate.

Bilge Rat: (sentinae et murem) – Similar in size to the wharf rat with one notable exception, they tend to avoid large crowds, opting for the environment found on yachts and ships. They are most dangerous when cornered. Females should approach with caution and preferably be armed with an M16

Funnellator: Device constructed out of surgical tubing and a large funnel. It is primarily used to propel water filled balloons over short distances preferable at other vessels, shore based wedding parties, and US Coast Guard auxiliary boats.

Left-Handed Spanner: Tool used on board to tighten/loosen water hose fittings.  Similar in design to the right-handed spanner with one notable exception, it is used by the left-handed. Note: Spanner is the English term for monkey wrench.

Chippie: (Old English) Individual who works with wood.

1. Device used to determine ones latitude. When used in combination with a chronometer can give an accurate position at sea or in the air to within .5 miles.
2. Device most commonly found in bookcases used as a decorative element.

Bosons’ Chair:
1. Device primarily used to gain access to the top of a sail boats mast. It is usually constructed out of heavy-duty canvas with a 2×8 sewn in to the bottom for a solid seat.
2. Torture device most commonly used in the 15th and 16th centuries. The victim is seated in the chair, hoisted up a mast and left to dangle for hours.

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

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