Sailor Speak of the Week – Outboard

Definition

Adjective

  • Anything that lies outside the hull, outer rails, or outer rigging of a vessel.

Origin

14th century. Out, in this sense comes from the Anglo-Saxon ute, meaning out from.

Comments

The opposite of inboard. Much like how outboard motors lie physically outside of the hull.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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