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Outboard motor

A motor mounted externally on the transom of a small boat. The boat may be steered by twisting the whole motor, instead of or in addition to using a rudder.

Outhaul

A line used to control the tension of a sail's foot.

Overhaul

Hauling the buntline ropes over the sails to prevent them from chaffing.

Overhead

The "ceiling," or, essentially, the bottom of the deck above you.

Over-reaching

When tacking, holding a course too long.

Overwhelmed

Capsized or foundered.

Owner

traditional Royal Navy term for the Captain, a survival from the days when privately-owned ships were often hired for naval service.