Bow & Stern
- Bow of a boat (ship)
Refers to the forward part of a pleasure craft.
Stern of a boat (ship)
Refers to the back end of a pleasure craft.
Starboard side of a boat
The right side of a pleasure craft when looking forward. Many centuries ago, ships were always moored on the left side; the helm was on the right side and would have been a hinderance while mooring. More information on starboard side.
Port side of a boat
The left side of a pleasure craft looking forward. More information on port side.
The main body of a vessel from the deck down. It does not include rigging, superstructure, machinery, or equipment.
Waterline of a boat
The line marked on the hull of the vessel that separates the submerged section of the vessel from the section above the water level. The waterline must never be submerged. If it is submerged, the vessel has exceeded its maximum load capacity. Furthermore, if this line is lower on one side, it means that the load is unevenly distributed on each side of the vessel. These two situations represent a danger for the safety of the passengers as well as to the pleasure craft.
Draft of a boat
The depth of water, which a pleasure craft requires to float freely. It is, therefore, necessary to have deeper water than the draft of the pleasure craft, so that it may easily float, otherwise it may run aground.
Freeboard of a boat
The distance from the waterline to the upper deck level, measured at the lowest point of sheer, where water can enter the boat or ship.
Propeller is a type of fan that transmits power by converting rotational motion into thrust.
A rudder is a primary control surface used to steer a boat, that moves through water.
The transom is the area of the boat where the motor is attached. The transom is located on the stern of the boat.
A cleat is a kind of hook with two ends which is used to hold ropes, especially on boats.
Boat Wake & Wash
The column of water around and behind a moving pleasure craft, which is set into motion by the pleasure craft advancing through the water. Smooth track left by the passage of a vessel.
A vessel which has right-of-way during a meeting, crossing, or overtaking manoeuver, shall maintain her course and speed.
A vessel that is required to keep out of the way of another vessel.
Means a boat, a ship, a vessel, or any other description of a water craft that is used exclusively for pleasure, and does not carry passengers or goods for hire, reward, remuneration or any object of profit.
Means any vessel propelled by machinery.
Means any vessel under sail and not assisted by an engine.
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