When you travel to a new country, you might bring along a pocket dictionary or app to help you communicate the new language.
But as you cruise to those new, exciting destinations, you don’t need to practice your new tongue just yet—you just need the language of the water!
As you gear up for your next on‐the‐water adventure, read up on the universal language of boating—its pervasive influence, and how to make trips easier than ever to enjoy. Keep on reading!
Language and Sayings of The Sea
It’s true: Old sailors’ sayings have made their way into our everyday vocabulary. Don’t believe us? Just look at terms like “all hands on deck,” “don’t rock the boat,” or even “leeway”!
So, whether you’re a beginning boater or simply want to brush up on your on‐the‐water know‐how, read up on the following 10 Sayings of the Sea:
Now that you’ve brushed up on the basics, you can learn more about putting them to use on the water…
Terms Used For Turns
To ensure safety and smooth maneuvers on the water, the US Coast Guard established a few simple signals and gestures boaters should use universally. You read that right: You can cruise alongside another country’s boats and ships and still be “in the know.”
For international waters, “power‐driven vessels” should use one quick blast to say “I’m altering my course to starboard,” or two to say “I’m altering my course to port.” The same applies to warning signals and other sounds, like a longer blast to say “watch out” or “I’m leaving the dock,” or a quick succession of blasts to warn others of a potential risk.
As you practice these simple signals and gestures, one you must not forget is common courtesy! It doesn’t take a mariner’s handbook to understand a smile or gesture of goodwill at the marina. Whether at home or far away, practicing looking out for your fellow boaters, wishing them well and helping them out when needed makes all the difference in your ease of enjoying the water.
Now that you have brushed up on your on-the-water knowhow and become more familiarized with the sayings of the sea, it’s time to take your Monterey out and have some fun! You can also check out our events calendar and join us at a boat show near you!