Words
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In danish a duck says "rap". In english it is Quack. I think. Still the sound is the same. Ducks only speak one language. The human race is way behind the ducks. Humans speak all kinds of languages, and therefore this page aims to provide translation of sailing words and expressions. It is an on-going, - possibly never ending effort, as many of these words cannot be found in ordinary dictionaries. (At least not the ones I have ;-) Feel free to drop me a mail with corrections and additions completing the list. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Danish Swedish English French Spanish German
Agter Akter Aft Arriére Popa Achter
Agterlig Akterlig Leech Chute Baluma Hinterliek
Agterspejl Akterspegel Transom Arrière à tableau espejo de popa Spiegelheck
Agterstag Akterstag Backstay Pataras Baquestai Stag
Agterstavn Agterstäv Sternpost Étambot   Achtersteven
Afdrift Avdrift Leeway Dérive Orza Abdrift
Baby stag Baby stag Baby stay      
Bagbord Babord Port Bâbord Babor Backbord
Bagluft Skitvind, turbulens Backwind      
Bagstag Backstag Running backstay Bastaque burda  
Barberhal   Barberhaul      
Bomme Bom Gybe Empannage Trasluchada  
Bomudhal Bomuthal Outhal Bosse d'empointure    
Bredde Bredd Beam Bau Manga Breite
Bund Botten Bottom Caréne Carena Boden
Bundstokke Bottenstock Floor Varangue   Bodenwrange
Checkstag   Checkstay      
Cockpit Sittbrunn Cockpit Cockpit Bañera  
Dæk Däck Deck Pont Pont Deck
Dørk Durk Cabin sole Plancher Suelo Flurplatten
Fald Fall Halyard Drisse Driza Fall
Faldbarm Fallhorn Head Têtière Cartabón (?)  
Falde af Falla av Bear away Laisser porter, abattre Arribar Abfallen
Ferskvandstank Färskvatten tank Freshwater tank Réservoir d'eau douce Depósito de agua dulce Wassertank
Finnekøl Fenköl Fin keel Fin keel    
Flynder   Headboard      
Fok Fock Jib Foc Foque Fock
Fokkefald Fockfall Jib Halyard Drisse de foc Driza de foque Fockfall
Fokkeskøde Fockskot Jib Sheet Ecoute de foc Escota de foque Fockschote
Forkurve Förlik Prebend Précintré    
Forlig Förlig Luff Guindant Gratil Vorliek
Forstag Förstag Fore stay, jib stay, head stay Etai avant, trincette, draille Estay de proa Vorstag, fockstag
Fribord Fribord Freeboard Franc-bord Francobordo Freibord
Genaker Gennacker Genaker Genaker Genaker  
Genua Genua Genoa Gênois Génova  
Hejse Hissa Hoist Hisser Izar Heissen
Hundekøje Stickkoj Quarter berth Couchette de quart Litera de guardia  
Kabys Pentry, Byssan Galley Cuisine Cocina Kombüse
Kahyt Ruff Cabin Cabine Cabina Kajüte
Kasteblok Kastblock Snatch block Poulie ouvrante   Kinnbacksblock
Kick Kick Kickingstrap Hale-bas de bôme Pajarin / Contra de botavara   
Klampe   Cleat Taquet    
Klinkbygget Klinkbyggd Clinker à clins   klinkerartig gebautes boot
Knop Knop Knot Noeud Nudo Knoten
Konstruktør Konstruktör Designer Architecte naval Arquitecto naval  
Kravelbygget Kravellbyggd Carvel à franc-bord   Karwehlartig gebautes boot
Krængende kraft Krängande kraft Heeling force Force de gîte Par de escora  
Køl Köl Keel Quille Oquilla Kiel
Kølbolte Kölbult Keel bolts Boulons de quille Pernos de quilla Kielschweinbolzen
Kølsvin Kölsvin Keelson Carlingue Carlinga Kielschwein
Køje Koj Berth Couchette Litera Koje
Læ side Läsida Leeward Sous le vent Sotavento Lee
Læns Läns Run Vent arrière Viento de popa Lenssen
Lidseline Litslina Leechline Lacet   Lissleine
Luffe Luffa Luff Loffer Orzar Auluven
Luftmodstand Luftmotstånd Drag Resistance de l'air   Luftwiederstand
Luvgirig Lovgirig Weather helm Ardent   Luvgierig
Lægirig Lägirig Lee helm      
Mast Mast Mast Mât Mastil Mast
Mastehældning Mastslutning Mast rake Quête, inclinaison Caida Neigung
Mastespor Mastfot Mast track L'emplanture de mât   Mastspur
Minireb, fladereb Bottenrev Flattening reef Ris de fond Rizo de fondo  
Nedhal Nedhal Downhaul Hale-bas Pajarin Niederholer
Ophal Upphal Uphaul Balancine Amantillo  
Overlap Överlapp Overlap Engagement Compromisión  
Plat læns Platt läns Dead run Plein vent arrière Popa redonda  
Rap   Quack      
Rat Ratt Wheel Roue / Volant Timón de rueda Rad
Relativ vind Relativ vind Apparent wind Vent apparent Viento aparente  
Rebe Rev Reef Ris Rizo Reefen
Rod-rig Rod-rigg Rod-rig? Rod Varilla  
Ror Roder Rudder Gouvernail Timón Ruder
Rorbalance Roderbalans Helm balance      
Rorpind Rorkult Tiller Barre (franche) Caña  
Ruftag Rufftak Coachroof Rouf    
Ræling Reling Rail Liston Perfil Gunwale
Røstjern Röstjärn Chain plate Cadène Cadenote Rüstseisen
Salingshorn (vant) spridare Spreader Barre de flèche Cruceta Sahling
Sand vind Sann vind True wind Vent reel Viento real  
Sejlareal Segelyta, segelarea Sail area Surface de voilure Suterficie vélica  
Sejlpind Latta Batten Latte Sable  
Skot Skott Bulkhead Cloison Mámparo  
Skøde Skot Sheet Ecoute Escota Schot
Skødeviser (vogn) Skotvagn Sheet traveller Chariot d'ecoute Carro de escota  
Skødbarm Skothorn Clew Point d'ecoute Puño de escota Schothorn
Skødepunkt Skotpunkt Sheet lead      
Skødeskinne Skotskena Sheet track      
Skødvinkel Skotvinkel Sheeting angle      
Slør Slör Beam reach Vent de travers traves Raumschots segeln
Spant Spant Rib Membrure   Spant
Spil Vinsch Winch Winch Winch Winde
Spiler Spinnaker Spinnaker Spinnaker Espinaker  
Spilerstage Spinnakerbom Spinnaker Pole Tangon de spinnaker Tangón  
Stalle   Stall      
Storsejl Storsegel Mainsail Grand-voile Vela mayor Grosssegel
Styrbord Styrbord Starbord Tribord Estribor Steuerbord
Styre Styra Steer Cingler   Steuern
Svanehals Svanhals Gooseneck Vit-de-mulet   Schwanenhals
Tickler Skvallergarn, telltale Telltale      
Topvant Toppvant Cap shroud Galhauban Obenque bajo  
Tvist twist Twist      
Underlig Underlik Foot Bordure Pujamen Fussliek
Vandlinie Vattenlinje Waterline Ligne de flottaison Línea de flotación Wasserlinie
Vandmodstand   Draft Tirant d'eau    
Vant Vant Shroud Haubans Onenque Want
vantskrue Vantskruv Rigging screw Ridoirs Tensor Wantschraube
Vindmodstand   Bridge clearance Tirant d'air    

 

Thanx to Jean-Loup Archambeaud for supplying french terms.
Thanx to Gabriel Ramon Gorlero for supplying spanish terms.
Thanx to Flemming Petersen for supplying german terms.
Thanx to Daniel Vinge for supplying swedish terms.


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