Sailing terminology is ripped right out of life and vice versa.
- The Bitter End – The end of a line that controls the sails
- Even Keeled – A situation in which the boat is level and balanced for a smooth ride
- Keel Over – Capsize
- Figurehead – A carved figure on the bow of a ship
- Under the weather – Crew who are fatigued from working the windward side of the ship
- By and large – Sails are trimmed and full of wind
- Changing tacks – Steer across the wind
- Take the wind out of your sails – Another boat sails across your tack stealing your wind. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of take the wind out of someone's sails (to slow down a competing boat by catching the wind in your own sails and preventing it from filling the other boat's sails)
- Taken aback – having the wind against the forward side of the sails so as to prevent forward motion.