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22 March 2017

Wordless Wednesday | Lines On A Sailboat




Wordless Wednesday is supposed to be about posting a photo(s) without any words. But, I'm a rule breaker, so here are a few words:

1 - People give me disparaging looks when I call these things ropes. We have a lot of them on our boat.

2 - The proper term is "lines." There's an expression that there's only one rope on a boat and that's the one attached to the dinner bell.

3 - Just to make things more complicated, sometimes ropes are called "sheets."

4 - Don't even get me started on all of the other nautical terms I've had to learn. It makes my brain hurt.
   
What words does this picture(s) bring to your mind when you look at it?

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26 comments:

  1. At least you don't call them thingys. Or do you...?

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  2. Those are indeed lines, not ropes. I've had to learn a lot of terms about a boat too.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ☺

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  3. The next time I find myself on any water craft with lines, I'm going to go out of my way to comment on all the lovely ropes.

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  4. I love these close up photos of the ropes ... oops, I mean lines :) The textures and colors are wonderful.

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  5. I think sailors just make up words to make themselves seem cool. I mean, a sheet goes on a bed, right? And why can't I call a bathroom a bathroom?

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    1. Let's start a rebellion and start using normal words on the boat

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  6. I was going to comment "that's a lot of rope." But I guess I'll change my comment to...that's a lot of lines. lol

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  7. I always call them sheets but obviously didn't sail enough to learn the difference.

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    1. I'm still always confused what I should call them too.

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  8. Ropes. But I can't call them ropes now! I love learning all these little things. :)

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    1. There's so much to learn on sailboats. Sometimes, it's a bit overwhelming :-)

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  9. I never remember which ones are called lines and which are called sheets, so I end up calling them ropes, too. My in-laws are gracious enough to forgive me and my uncle always corrects me.
    For me, what popped into my head with these pictures is that you care for your equipment well. I know most sailors do keep their lines and sheets orderly, but it's always impressive to me.

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    1. I love hearing your stories about sailing with your family.

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  10. There are a lot of nautical terms. So much so that, while writing in my memoir, I wonder whether I should give everything the leeman's names, like ropes instead of lines, windows instead of portholes and bathroom instead of head, since I want to write for a wider audience. What do you think?

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    1. This is such a great question - one I'm struggling with myself with my mystery. I haven't figured out how to handle it. I don't want to "dumb" things down, but then again I don't want to confuse or alienate people by being too technical. For a memoir, I wonder if a glossary of some kind might be useful.

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  11. I would be doing that, too. They look like ropes to me!

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  12. Ahhh. I am a captains daughter who took sailing lessons at the age of 9.
    Remember studying the lingo well.

    Thanks for sharing.

    - Lisa

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    1. I really wish I had started sailing when I was a kid.

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