Sailor Speak of the Week – Outboard



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


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


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


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

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