WAKE - Moving waves, track or path that a boat leaves behind it, when moving across the waters.


"WARMING THE BELL" - Striking "eight bells' a little before time at the end of a watch.


WARP - The longitudinal threads in canvas and other textiles. 2. Hawser used when warping. Originally, was a rope smaller than a cable. 3. The line by which a boat rides to a sea anchor. 4. Mooring ropes.


WASH - Broken water at bow of a vessel making way. 2. Disturbed water made by a propeller or paddle wheel. 3. Blade of an oar.


WASHING DOWN - Said of a vessel when she is shipping water on deck and it is running off through scuppers and freeing ports.


WATCH BELL - Bell used for striking the half hours of each watch.


WATER BREAKER - Small cask used for carrying drinking water in a boat.


WATERLINE - A line painted on a hull which shows the point to which a boat sinks when it is properly trimmed (see BOOT TOP).


WATERLINE LENGTH - The length of the boat at the waterline.


WAVESON - Goods floating on surface of sea after a wreck.


WAY - Movement of a vessel through the water such as headway, sternway or leeway.


WEATHER DECK - The uppermost deck of a ship; any deck that does not have overhead protection from the weather.


WEATHER HELM  - Marked tendency of a sailboat to turn into the wind, even when the rudder is centered. This is easily countered by wedging a heavy object against the tiller. See CREW.


WEATHER HELM - The natural tendency of a sailboat to turn toward the wind, which the helmsman feels as the tiller tries to turn to leeward.


WEIGH - To weigh anchor means to lift on the anchor until it is clear of the bottom. The instant the anchor is free of the bottom the anchor is said to be aweigh, signifying that the ship is now free to maneuver, as in the U.S Navy song "Anchors Aweigh."


WETTED/WHETTED SURFACE - The whole of the external surface of a vessel's outer plating that is in contact with the water in which she is floating


WHARF - Sound made by Vang when he wishes to be fed.


WHEEL -  Device used for steering a boat


WHELK - Sound made by Vang to show that he doesn't like that dry, lumpy dog food you put in his dish.


WHIP - To bind the strands of a line with a small cord.


WHIP - Useful accessory if that dry, lumpy dog food is all you happen to have on board.


WHISKER POLE - A light spar which holds the jib out when sailing downwind.


WHISTLING FOR WIND - Based on a very old tradition that whistling at sea will cause a wind to rise


WHISTLING PSALMS TO THE TAFFRAIL - Nautical phrase that means giving good advice that will not be taken.


WHITE HORSES - Fast-running waves with white foam crests.


WIDE BERTH - To avoid something by a large distance.


WIDOW-MAKER - A term for the bowsprit (many sailors lost their lives falling off the bowsprit while tending sails).


WINCH - A small horizontal  drum device used to assist in hoisting.


WIND DOG - An incomplete rainbow, or part of a rainbow. It is supposed to indicate approach of a storm.


WIND SCOOP - A funnel used to force wind in a hatch and ventilate the below decks area


WINDJAMMER - A non- nautical term describing square rigged sailing ships and large sailing merchantman, especially in the last day of commerical sailing. The orginal term windjammer was intended as insult from the crews of steamships. The return insult from the sailors was stinkpotter.


WINDLASS - A mechanical device used to pull in cable or chain, such as an anchor rode.


WINDWARD - Toward the direction from which the wind is coming.


WING AND WING - The situation of a fore-and-aft vessel when she is going dead before the wind, with her foresail hauled over on one side and her mainsail on the other.