New PS reader Ed Marchese recently called to say that he is relatively new to sailing and is bewildered by the abundance of acronyms used in the sailing business; what’s frustrating, he said, is there’s no place to go for answers. Later he emailed us his "secret list" of "Classifiedese 101," of which he said, "these may be obvious to the veteran sailor but NOT to a novice!" Well, Ed, here are definitions for some of those perplexing collections of letters on your list.
ST winches- self-tailing winches.
PHRF- Performance Handicap Rating Fleet.
Class sails- sails designed and constructed in conformance with a one-design class association rules.
Faired foils- keel and rudder that have been sanded fair.
Autohelm- brand of autopilot made by Raytheon.
K/CB- keel/centerboard; keel is usually shoal draft and houses the centerboard.
Fin Keel w/MARS Keel Bulb- Deep, short keel that has a bulb affixed to its bottom made by the Mars Metal Co. in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Windlass- Mechanical device on foredeck used to retrieve anchor.
Freeboard- distance between water and rail or edge of deck
2 STRMS- two staterooms.
Repeater- duplicate instrument display located elsewhere from primary instrument.
Dutchman system- brand name of a mainsail flaking system.
Full batten main- sail battens that measure the entire width of a mainsail, from luff to leech.
AP- abbreviation for autopilot.
Barient self-tailing primaries & secondaries- brand name of winch company now out of business; primary cockpit winches are used for trimming headsail, secondaries for other purposes such as spinnaker, boom vang, etc.
Awlgrip, Awlgrip hull, Awlgripped mast- brand name of polyurethane paint made by U.S. Paint Co.