Every sport and recreational hobby has its own set of vocabulary words. Take skiing, for example. Anyone who learns how to ski needs to know the difference between “cross-country” and “downhill,” and the difference between “slalom” and skiing downhill with numerous natural obstacles that one needs to avoid. The same holds true for the sport of sailing. If you have recently signed up to take basic cruising courses and learn a few things about sailing, you should familiarize yourself with sailing terminology. Here’s a quick ten list to get you started.
Starboard: Starboard refers to the right side of the boat. It does not change and it is always the right side of the boat as you face the front of it.
Port: Port refers to the left side of the boat. Again, this does not change, and it is always the left side of the boat as you face the front, or prow.
Prow: The prow of any boat, regardless of size or type, is the front of the boat.
Forward: When your instructor tells you to face forward on the boat, you are facing the forward, or prow, of the boat, not just facing forward while talking or listening to your instructor.
Stern: This is the back end of the boat.
Aft: Aft refers to your position while standing on the boat. In this case, it means you are standing and facing the back, or stern.
Rudder: Rudders are the “fins” that help steer your sailboat through the water. They are connected to the till or tiller, which is the main control for steering your sailboat once your sails have caught a fair amount of wind.
Till, or Tiller: This is the part of the sailboat that allows you to steer through the water. The handle of the till is connected to the rudder(s), which is/are below the surface of the water and move back and forth like paddles when you turn the till to starboard or port.
Headsail: Your headsail is the big sail on the front of your boat. The headsail catches wind from behind and propels the boat forward. If you cannot catch a breeze with your headsail, you use your mainsail to catch a breeze coming from the side of the sailboat. This will help turn the boat in such a way so that your headsail can catch the wind and move again.
Mainsail: Your mainsail is the smaller sail found behind your headsail. It is your go-to sail when your headsail cannot catch a wind and you are left bobbing along in the water. The mainsail can be manipulated to find a breeze and then use that breeze to turn the sailboat around until your headsail can catch the wind and begin to move again.
Contact a company like Trillium Marine Services for more info about cruising courses.
All-Terrain Vehicles, or ATVS, can navigate even the worst Canadian terrain with ease, and they are fun to drive. If you snowmobile in winter, you would love ATV-ing in summer, but you will need some accessories to go with your ATV. Here are some accessories you may not want to go without. They are commonly sold where ATVs are sold (such as ATV’s by Decker Motors Ltd) .
You can buy a mini-trailer to tow behind your ATV for just day trip supplies or you can buy a larger trailer for hauling camping supplies. The larger trailer is an absolute must if you take your ATV up into the mountains for camping excursions because it can haul everything you will need as easily as a pack mule hauls a gold miner’s supplies. The high metal sides on these trailers prevents things from tipping over, while the flatbed of the trailer doubles as a place to roll out your sleeping bag if you do not feel like setting up a tent.
Underseat Storage Kit
Unless you buy an ATV with underseat storage, you may miss out on this handy feature. It is, for all intents and purposes, the “glove box” for your ATV. If your ATV does not have underseat storage, you can buy this kit that will help you make the modifications necessary to create underseat storage. Be sure to buy the kit that will provide you with a lockable storage space. Then you can put more valuable items in it (e.g., your wallet, wedding rings, etc.) and keep them from getting lost, stolen or filthy while you are out bumping around in the wilderness.
Shatter-Resistant, Shock-Absorbing Helmet
You should wear a helmet when riding an ATV, but you may want to go above and beyond the standard helmet required by law. A shatter-resistant and shock-absorbing helmet protects your skull and face from potentially lethal injuries in the event that you hit a tree, roll down an embankment, etc. It should not shatter, crack or break under most accidental circumstances, and the shock-absorbing properties would help with some of the jarring motions of riding over really tough terrain.
Rugged ATV Riding Boots
ATVs were designed to be rough, rugged pieces of farm equipment, but have become more like recreational vehicles in the last couple of decades. While you could wear your hiking boots with the ATV, you may prefer rugged ATV riding boots instead because they will be more effective at getting a firm hold on the ground and on the ATV. They are especially helpful when you counter thick mud and your ATV gets stuck. Then these boots will help you get a better footing when pushing the ATV out of the mud.