Glossary of Boating Terms

This is a list of common terms you may see in my blog for those that are not Boaters. Hope this helps you to understand what I’m saying.

S/V- Sailing Vessel
M/V- Motor Vessel
PORT – The left side of a boat looking forward. A harbor.
STARBOARD – The right side of a boat when looking forward.
AFT – Toward the stern of the boat.
AGROUND – Touching or fast to the bottom
ANCHORAGE – A place suitable for anchoring in relation to the wind, seas and bottom.
BEAM – The greatest width of the boat.
BILGE – The interior of the hull below the floor boards.
COCKPIT – An opening in the deck from which the boat is handled.
DINGHY – A small open boat. A dinghy is often used as a tender for a larger craft.
DRAFT – The depth of water a boat draws.
FENDER – A cushion, placed between boats, or between a boat and a pier, to prevent damage.
FOLLOWING SEA – An overtaking sea that comes from astern.
FORWARD – Toward the bow of the boat.
GALLEY – The kitchen area of a boat.
HEAD – A marine toilet. Also the upper corner of a triangular sail.
HELM – The wheel or tiller controlling the rudder.
HELMSPERSON – The person who steers the boat.
INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ICW: bays, rivers, and canals along the coasts (such as the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts), connected so that vessels may travel without going into the sea.
KEEL – The centerline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.
KNOT – A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour.
LATITUDE – The distance north or south of the equator measured and expressed in degrees.
LEE – The side sheltered from the wind.
LOG – A record of courses or operation. Also, a device to measure speed.
LONGITUDE – The distance in degrees east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England.
MOORING – An arrangement for securing a boat to a mooring buoy or a pier.
NAUTICAL MILE – One minute of latitude; approximately 6076 feet – about 1/8 longer than the statute mile of 5280 feet.
QUARTER – The sides of a boat aft of amidships.
QUARTERING SEA – Sea coming on a boat’s quarter.
ROPE – In general, cordage as it is purchased at the store. When it comes aboard a vessel and is put to use it becomes line.
RUDDER – A vertical plate or board for steering a boat.
SCOPE – Technically, the ratio of length of anchor rode in use to the vertical distance from the bow of the vessel to the bottom of the water. Usually six to seven to one for calm weather and more scope in storm conditions.
STERN – The after part of the boat.
STERN LINE – A docking line leading from the stern.
STOW – To put an item in its proper place.

If you want to check out more terms, I would recommend you going to this link.

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