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My engines are going full speed astern.

See also: Signals.

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Sail

A cloth (or similar) used as an aerofoil for propelling a boat along.


Sailing Barge


Salvage Tug


Salvage Vessel


Sand bank

A bank of sand that a vessel may ground on.


Sand Dredger


Scale

The debate as to what is scale and what is not will go on and on. We have generated a list of different scales.more...


Schoolship


Schooner


Screw

The device for moving the boat fore/aft.


Scuttles

Openings, for instance, to let air and light into lower decks.


Scuttle-Butt

Water barrel. Since the water barrel was a meeting place, the term was also used for gossip exchanged there.


Seaward Defence Boat


Seiner


Semi-Displacement

A type of powerboat design in which the stern is lower than the rest of the hull and is designed to be in the water, while the front portion of the hull is designed to hydroplane.


Semi-Planing

Same as semi-displacement.


Shaft Log

A fitting in the hull bottom that contains the propeller shaft.


Sheet Bend

sheet bend


Ship

Generally referred to a three-masted vessel. Also, to attach or erect.


Short Sea Trader


Shrouds

Rigging that prevents masts from moving from side to side.


Side tackle

Blocks and ropes on either side of gun to help swivel it from side to side.


Signals

There are many ways for ships to communicate. The International Code of Signals using the code flags is just one. more......


Sirens

Adding a siren may add some realism to your latest model. Here are some modules that are available off the shelf. more......


Skid Fin

A blade attached vertically to the hull that extends below the waterline to keep the boat from skidding during a turn.


Slat

An aerodynamic device mounted on or just forward of the ram wing to create a slot effect.


Sloop

Single-masted ship


Slot

The gap between a slat and the ram wing's leading edge.


Slot Effect

A lessening of turbulence over an airfoil caused by airflow through a small opening.


Sludge Disposal Vessel


Slush

Greasy residue from boiling salt beef or salt pork. Used as lubricant.


Smoke

How about adding smoke?. Here are some modules that are available off the shelf. more......


Sonar

Sound Navigation And Ranging - underwater search device.


"Southerly" Wind

Slang term for "empty".


Spanker

Lowest sail on mizzenmast; rigged somewhat fore and aft (between boom and gaff), rather than the general crossways arrangement of the rest of the sails.


Spar

General term for masts and yards, or any long wooden member such as bowsprit. A structural member that attaches the sponsons or canoe to the main hull, or a brace between the sponsons.


Speedboat

Small but fast boat usually used for leisure purposes.


Speed Brake

An aerodynamic device that decreases speed by interfering with airflow.


Speed Controllers

Often an expensive item in any electric powered model. Why not try a simple DIY controller?

Electronic Speed Controller


Spoiler

An aerodynamic device that reduces lift. On a hydroplane, it may be an air dam beneath the bow or a speed brake mounted above the hull.


Sponson

A pontoon-like hull, or portion of a hull, that provides lift. A three-point hydroplane has two sponsons, one each side of the main hull.


Spray Rail

A rail that runs the length of the boat designed to stop the spray falling on the deck.


Spritsail yard

Yard attached to bowsprit.


Spurlash

The noise the anchor makes when it hits the water.


SS

Steam Ship.


Stabiliser

Device that adds stability when a vesel is at speed.


Standing rigging

Rigging which mechanically supports the masts.


Starboard

When standing facing direction of vessel travel, the right hand side.


Stays

Standing rigging that prevents fore-and-aft movement of the masts.


Stay-sails (Stays'ls)

Extra sails fitted to the stays without the addition of a yard.


Steam Bending Wood

Bending wood using steam or water and a hot tool.


Steamer

Vessel powered by steam.


Stem

Foremost part of a ship's hull.


Stern

The rear of the boat.


Straight Bow

The basic form of the straight bow:

See also: Bow.


Strike

To lower.


Strike the Colours

To lower the flag, to surrender. "Nailing the colours to the mast" would prevent this, of course.


Strut

Any brace or support, but most commonly the support for the propeller shaft's rear bearing.


Studding Sails (Stuns'ls)

Extra sails added at the far end of the yards, on the studdingsail boom.


Studdingsail Boom

Extra length of yard attached at the end of a yard.


Stuffing Box

See: Shaft Log.


Submarine

A vessel capable of travelling under water. Also meaning underwater.


Superstructure

Bridge etc which rises above the ship's main structure.


Super Tanker

A very large tanker.


Support Ship


Survey Ship


Sway

To hoist up or down using ropes and slings.


Swivel Gun

Small cannon attached to rail via a swivel mounting.


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