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Abaft
Toward the rear (stern) of the boat. Aft or Behind.

  Abeam
At right angles to the keel of the boat, but not on the boat.
  Aboard
On or within the boat.
 

Above Deck
On the deck (not over it - see ALOFT)

  Abreast
Side by side; by the side of.
 

Adrift
Loose, not on moorings or towline.

  Aft
Toward the stern of the boat.
 

Aground
Touching or fast to the bottom.

 

Ahead
In a forward direction.

 

Aids to Navigation
Artificial objects to supplement natural landmarks indicating safe and unsafe waters.

  Alee
Away from the direction of the wind. Opposite of windward.
  Aloft
Above the deck of the boat.
 

Amidships
In or toward the center of the boat.

  Anchor
A heavy metal device fastened to a chain or line, to hold a vessel in position.
  Anchorage
A place suitable for anchoring in relation to the wind, seas and bottom.
  Astern
In back of the boat, opposite of ahead.
 

Athwartships
At right angles to the centerline of the boat; rowboat seats are generally athwart ships.

 

Awetgh
The position of anchor as it is raised clear of the bottom.

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