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Marine Glossary Terms

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League : An obsolete unit of distance of variable length (normally 3 miles)

Leech : Back edge of the sail

Leeward : The opposite direction from which the wind is blowing

Lifeboat : A boat to rescue people from a sinking vessel

Luff : The forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast

Luffing : The flapping of the whole sail, flogging - when sails are over eased

Lugsail : A four-sided sail bent and hoisted on a yard