KECKLING - Winding small rope around a cable or hawser to prevent damage by chafing. 2. The rope with which a cable is keckled.
KEDGE -To use an anchor to move a boat by hauling on the anchor rode; a basic anchor type.
KEEL - The centerline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.
KEEL-HAUL - To drag a person backwards and forwards under a ship's keel, for certain offences.
KEEL STEPPED - A mast that is stepped (placed) on the keel at the bottom of the boat rather than on the deck. Keel stepped masts are considered sturdier than deck stepped masts.
KEELSON - A structure of timbers or steel beams that are bolted to the top of a keel to increase its strength. Also spelled kelson.
KELLET (SENTINEL) – A heavy weight attached in the length of the anchor order to reduce the angle of pull at the anchor
KELTER - Good order and readiness
KENNING - Sixteenth-century term for a sea distance at which high land could be observed from a ship. Varied between 14 and 22 miles according to average atmospheric conditions in a given area.
KETCH - Two-masted boats, the after mast shorter, but with a ketch the after mast is forward of the rudder post
KEY OF KEELSON - Fictitious article for which greenhorns at sea are sometimes sent.
KILLICK - Nautical name for an anchor. Originally, was a stone used as an anchor.
KING SPOKE - Marked top spoke on a wheel when the rudder is centered.
KIPPAGE - Former name for the equipment of a vessel, and included the personnel.
KNEES - Supporting braces used for strength when two parts are joined.
KNOCKABOUT - A type of schooner without a bowsprit.
KNOCKDOWN – The state of a sailing vessel which is heeled over with her sails in the water
KNOT - A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour.
KNOT - A fastening made by interweaving rope to form a stopper, to enclose or bind an object, to form a loop or a noose, to tie a small rope to an object, or to tie the ends of two small ropes together.
KRAKEN -Fabulous sea monster supposed to have been seen off coasts of America and Norway. Sometimes mistaken for an island.