[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Here is a handy page of terms you will come across in the world of yachting. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but a good place to get started.
|Toward the rear (stern) of the boat, behind, or anything located aft of something else.
|At a right angle to the length of the boat.
|In the center of the boat.
|Toward the stern of a vessel, or behind the boat.
|The widest part of a boat.
Wooden struts running acorss the width of the boat to support the deck.
|The front of the boat.
|The room from which a ship is controlled. On a smaller boat this is usually not a room, is outside, and is known as a cockpit.
|A place for a person to sleep. Also, a place where a ship can be secured.
|The crewmember in charge of equipment and maintenance.
|Another name for the boatswain.
|A room inside a boat.
|The person who is in charge of a vessel and legally responsible for it and its occupants.
|The center of the boat: from the stern to the bow.
|The officer second in command of a ship.
|The location from which the boat is steered, usually in the middle or the rear of the boat.
|The entryway into the cabin from the deck.
|The surface on the top of the boat that people can stand on.
|A crew member responsible for cleaning the deck, and an overall boat maintenance.
|A crew member responsible for keeping all of the mechanical and electronic aspects of the vessel running problem free.
|The national flag of a boat’s home nation.
|A cushion hung from the sides of a boat to protect it from rubbing against a dock or another boat.
|Often called chief mate or chief officer, reports to the captain and is in charge of the deck crew and cargo.
|Toward the bow (front) of the vessel.
|The cabin towards the front of the vessel.
|The forward part of the deck.
|The compartment farthest forward in the bow of the boat. Often used for anchor or sail stowage. In larger ships, the crew’s quarters.
|Toward the bow (front) of the boat.
|The kitchen area on a boat.
|The area of a ship’s side where people board and disembark.
|To yield the right of way to another boat.
|Hand-hold fittings mounted on cabin tops and sides for personal safety when moving around the boat.
|To attempt to contact another boat or shore, either by voice or radio.
|To do something carefully and in the proper manner, such as when stowing a line.
|The individual who is in charge of a harbor.
|A small opening with a “door” on deck, allowing entry under the deck.
|The front of a vessel. The upper corner or edge of a sail. The toilet and toilet room on a ship.
|The actual course of the vessel at any given time.
|To throw or pull strongly on a line.
|the lean of a sailboat when sailing; the extent of the tilt of the boat.
|The wheel or tiller of a boat.
|The person who is steering the boat.
|The body of a boat.
|Toward the center of the boat. Also an engine mounted inside the boat.
|To throw overboard.
|A temporary or emergency repair using improvised materials and parts.
|A weighted extension of a boat running below it that prevents the boat from sliding sideways.
|A speed of one nautical mile per hour. A method of attaching a rope or line to itself, another line or a fitting.
|Heavy rolling or pitching while underway.
|A short rope or cord that attaches to an item onboard a boat , usually for keeping it attached to the boat.
|A storage space below the deck in the cockpit.
|Three nautical miles.
|The side sheltered from the wind.
|length over all (LOA)
|Length of a boat at the longest measurement.
|Any rope used on a boat.
|Incline of a boat due to excess weight on one side or the other
|A boat’s record of activity.
|The person in charge of a vessel. The captain.
|An assistant to the captain.
|Center of the vessel, middle between bow and stern.
|Having to do with boats, ships, or sailing.
|One minute of latitude; approximately 6076 feet – about 1/8 longer than the statute mile of 5280 feet.
|The act of determining the position of a boat and the course needed to safely move the boat from place to place.
|The person responsible for navigating a boat.
|Away from land, toward the water. See inland.
|Wind that is blowing away from the land, towards the water.
|A wind blowing onto the land.
|A boat owner’s private pennant..
|A route between points or ports.
|An individual with specific knowledge of a harbor, canal, river or other waterway, qualified to guide vessels through the region. Some areas require that boats and ships be piloted by a licensed pilot.
|A fore and aft rocking motion of a boat. Also see roll and yaw. How much a propeelor is curved. A substance used to seal cracks in wooden planks.
|A boat rising slightly out of the water so that it is gliding over the water rather than plowing through it.
|A boat’s aft deck.
|The left side of the boat from the perspective of a person at the stern of the boat and looking toward the bow. The opposite of starboard. A place where ships go to dock. A porthole.
|The typical winds for a particular region and time of year.
|Slang for propeller.
|To enter a port or harbor.
|The side of a boat aft of the beam. There are both a port quarter and a starboard quarter.
|Sleeping areas on the boat.
|The edge of a boat’s deck.
|A series of boat races.
|A side to side motion of the boat, usually caused by waves. Also see pitching and yawing.
|A flat surface attached behind or underneath the stern used to control the direction that the boat is traveling.
|A determined safe route acrossdangerous water.
|Also saloon; main social cabin of a boat
|A storage locker located under a cockpit seat.
|To make fast. To stow an object or tie it in place.
|Green and red lights on the starboard and port sides of the boat required for navigation at night.
|The person in charge of a vessel.
|Also called the second salon, located on the upper deck.
|A space between two docks or piers where a boat can be moored.
|To suddenly stop or secure a line.
|A floor on a boat.
|A private cabin or compartment with sleeping accommodations on a boat or ship; a captain’s or superior officer’s room on a ship.
|The right side of a boat, from the perspective of a person at the stern of the boat and looking toward the bow. The opposite of port.
|A mile as measured on land, 5280 feet or 1.6 kilometers. Distances at sea are measured as nautical miles.
|The aft part of a boat. The back of the boat.
|An unlicensed crew member who reports to the captain and does stocking, cleaning and assisting with preparation and serving of meals.
|Supplies on a boat.
|Large smooth waves that do not crest. Swells are formed by wind action over a long distance.
|A platform, usually on the transom, allowing swimmers to easily climb back onto a boat.
|A rail around the stern of a boat.
|A transverse structural member in the cockpit. In small boats, often used as a seat.
|A spar attached to the rudder by the rudder head, used to control the direction of the boat. Another possibility for steering mechanism is a steering wheel.
|The flat area of the hull, at the stern of a boat.
|The bottom of a wave, the valley between the crests.
|under the lee
|On the lee side of an object, protected from the wind.
|Strong offshore current extending to the shore.
|A small flag representing the nationality of the boat.
|Usually the forward berth of the boat, located in the bow
|Any kind of boat, ship or yacht.
|Velocity made good. Actual boat speed after adjusting for such factors as current and leeway.
|Moving waves, that a boat leaves behind it, when moving through water.
|A division of crew into shifts.
|A line painted on a hull which shows the point to which a boat sinks when it is properly trimmed.
|The length of the boat at the waterline.
|The progress of a boat. If a boat is moving it is considered to be “making way.”
|To raise, as in to weigh anchor.
|A locker equiped with a drain so that wet clothes can be stored in it without damaging other objects in the boat.
|The amount of area of the hull, keel, rudder, and other objects that is under water.
|To avoid something by a large distance.
|A vessel larger than a boat and smaller than a ship. A sailboat used for pleasure, not a working boat. From the Dutch word “Jaghd”
|Fit and beautiful (boat).
|To turn from side to side in an uneven course
|The point when the celestial sphere is directly overhead
|A gentle breeze.
|Coordinated universal time.