On a even keel

What does "On a even keel" mean?

Today it means: Stable and well balanced

The keel could be described as the backbone of the ship. An even keel means that the ship is nice and upright so the crew can walk fairly normally and furniture and cargo wont slide around the decks.


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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