Agua
Spanish for "water"
Albacore
Another name for tuna
Annulled
Reduced to nothing
Bight
A loop in a rope
Bodega
Spanish for "small store"
Bonito
Mackerel-like fish that can grow up to 30 inches (75 cm) in length
Bow
The front part of a boat; rhymes with "now"
Brisa
Spanish for "breeze"
Buoys
Manmade floats
Burnished
Smooth, polished
Butt
The blunt end
Calambre
Spanish for "cramp"
Campeón
Spanish for "champion"
Carapaced
Covered by a shell
Cartilage
Tough connective tissue found in body joints
Ceding
Surrendering possession of
Cirrus
Wispy, high-altitude clouds
Condensed milk
Sweetened, slightly evaporated (thickened) cow's milk
Conscientiously
Thoughtfully, carefully
Convulsively
Seizurelike
Cumulus
Large clouds, flat on the bottom and fluffy at the top
Dentuso
Spanish slang for someone (or something) with ugly teeth
Dorado
Spanish for "golden" or "gilded"; also Spanish for "dolphin"
Drag
Device that slows forward motion
Espuela
Spanish for "spur"
Fathom
6 feet or 1.83 meters
Filaments
Very fine threads
Formalized
Having a definite shape
Freshening
Increasing in strength
Furled
Wrapped around
Gaff
Spear
Garland
Wreath, or something shaped like a wreath
Gaunt
Excessively thin
Gelatinous
Jellylike
Grippe
Respiratory influenza
Gunwale
The top planking on a wooden vessel; rhymes with "funnel"
Horny
Calloused
Hueso
Spanish for "bone"
Hull
The body of a ship
Iridescent
Shining with a display of rainbow colors
Jota
Spanish name for the letter "j"; pronounced "ho-ta"
Juego
Spanish for "game"
Kerosene
Thin oil burned for heating, cooking, or lighting
Leader
Short length of string or wire that connects the hook to the fishing line
Leprous
From “leprosy,” a disease characterized by ulcers of the skin
Longitudinally
Vertically; from top to bottom
Mala
Spanish for "bad"
Malignancy
Desire to cause harm
Maw
Mouth
Mutilated
Irreparably damaged
Myriad
A great number
Mysticism
Belief in something spiritual, beyond normal human understanding or experience
Nauseated
Sick to one’s stomach, characterized by the urge to vomit
Norther
Sudden cold storm from the north
Oakum
Fiber used for caulking seams in ships
Phosphorescent
Glowing but not producing heat
Pivoted
Turned as though on an axis
Plummet
A hanging weight; also known as a plum bob
Prism
A transparent body that refracts a beam of light, making rainbow colors
Proprietor
Owner of a business
Ptomaine
Poisonous compound found in decaying animal tissue; pronounced “toe´main”
Quartering
Covering an area of ground by going over it in a back-and-forth manner
Qué va
Idiomatic Spanish phrase meaning "not at all"
Rapier
Straight, two-edged, narrow sword
Rigor mortis
Stiffening of the muscles after death; Latin for “stiffness of death”
Roadsteads
Places where ships can anchor, less protected than a harbour
Salao
Spanish for "jinxed"
Scavenger
An animal that feeds on dead or decaying matter
Scythe
Implement for mowing or reaping consisting of a long handle and a long, curved, sharp blade
Shank
The straight part of a hook
Sheet
Nautical term for a rope
Shingle
A pebbled beach
Shoal
Shallow place in the water that causes difficulty in navigation; sandbar
Skiff
Small flat-bottomed boat
Smacks
Fishing boats used to transport catch
Sounds
Dives down suddenly
Spoon
Fishing lure shaped like a spoon
Sustenance
Food
Tentative
Uncertain
Tern
Name for various types of sea birds, smaller than gulls
Thole pins
Small pegs set in pairs on the gunwale to keep oars in place
Thwart
Seat in a small boat
Tiburón
Spanish word for "shark"
Tiller
Lever that turns the rudder to steer a boat
Towing bitt
Post on a boat to which something towed behind the boat can be secured
Undulation
Moving gracefully in a wavelike manner
Vertebrae
Bones of the spinal column; single, vertebra
Wallowing
Rolling about clumsily
Welt
Inflamed bump or splotch on the skin