Port side & Starboard side

Starboard side & Port side

Port is the left side of a boat looking forward.


Starboard is the right side of a boat when looking forward.



It is quite simple. There are four letters in the words PORT and LEFT so you can easily remember that the left side of a boat is the port side.

What color is the port side light of a boat?

The red light indicates a vessel's port (left) side

What color is the starboard side light of a boat?

The green light indicates a vessel's starboard (right) side.


Port & starboard side lights of a boat

Starboard buoy = RED  



What color is a starboard buoy or marker?

What color is a port buoy or marker?

Port buoy = GREEN




What color is a starboard buoy or marker?

Sound signaling to starboard



Sound signaling to starboard

2 short sounds = I am coming to port, I am going left.

When I pass near another boat, I will maneuver by leaving the other boat on my right side as I pass.

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Sound signaling to port