Port side & Starboard side

Which side is port and which is starboard?

Port side & Starboard side of a boat

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.


 
 

 

Sound signaling to port