Boat Insurance Glossary

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  • Back-stays are critical for two reasons. First and foremost is to stop the mast from moving forward, secondly is to allow the adjustment in the amount of acceptable flexibility in the mast. Back-stays can be either temporary or permanently fixed, with those permanently fixed usually joining to gun-whales and running to the transom.


  • A cuddy is a small shelter on a vessel that is used for temporary occupation only such as for protection against the weather.


  • A chine is any sharp change in gradient or angle between cross section of the hull (i.e. the side and bottom of the vessel).


  • The luff is simply the foremost edge of a sail (i.e. that which is next to the sat or mast).

Broad Reach

  • Travelling by sail whereby the winds are gently aft of beam.


Please note: All boat insurance glossary terms are provided with best intentions only. All terms are subject to correction or amendment at any time and are also always superseded/ secondary to any definitions provided in current marine insurance policy documentation.

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