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Useful nautical phrases in Spanish

Weather forecast

Key phrases in the Spanish language forecast provided by La Agencia Estatal de Meteologìa. An explanation of wave heights in Spanish and English may also be useful.
Aguacero Shower (of rain)
Fuerza Force (Beaufort Scale)
Gruesa Rough sea state
Lluvia Rain
Marejadilla Smooth sea state
Marejada Slight sea state


Este East
Norte North
Oeste West
Sur South

Ports and harbours

Agua (potable) Water (drinking)
Amarrar To moor
Ammarradero Mooring
Anclar To anchor
Aseos Toilets
Bandera Flag (i.e. country of origin)
Calado Draft
Capitán de puerto Harbour Master
Duchas Showers
Fondear To moor or anchor
Fondeadero Anchorage
Gasoleo Diesel
Gasolina Petrol
Guia Lazy line
Hielo Ice
Maga Beam
Nudo Knot (speed)
Panatalán Pontoon
Profundidad Depth, draft
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