If you are considering taking a boat out on the water
for your latest holiday adventure, there are some basic things that
you had better know. Don't count on the lessons you learned in
primary school, if you learned any lessons at all. Knowing basic
boating terms and safety tips is an important part of your
The bow, pronounced like the motion you make when you
bend forward at the waist, is the front end of the boat. Resist the
urge to ride on the bow, it can be incredibly dangerous. Only ride
in the installed seats.
The stern is the rear end of the boat. Depending on
your craft, this is where you will find seating areas and the
engine. Respect the engine and all of its components! Do not touch
a running engine and, if you are sat near the engine, keep loose
clothing tucked in.
When someone asks you to go aft, they are asking that
you move toward the stern of the boat. No matter what anyone asks
of you, do not walk along the boat unless you feel safe doing
It makes sense: Moving forward is moving toward the bow
of the boat. Resist the urge to move forward in any way that will
distract the driver of the boat. This can be dangerous to everyone
on board. The driver of the vessel should be treated no differently
than the driver of a vehicle on the motorway.
If you are standing on the boat looking forward, the
port side is the left hand side of the boat. If you are asked to
help guide the boat, knowing your left from your right is
Standing in a face forward position, the starboard side
is the right hand side of the boat.
7. Port Bow
This term refers to the left front of any
8. Port Quarter
The port quarter of the boat is the rear left side
(when you are facing forward).
9. Starboard Bow
Now that you are following along, you can guess what
the starboard bow is. That's correct! It's the front right of the
10. Starboard Quarter
You've got this one. The starboard quarter is the rear
right of any boat.
You are only going on holiday; you aren't attempting to
become an expert yachtsman. Why do you need to know these terms?
Because along with staying sober while operating a boat, knowing
these most basic terms is a matter of safety.
You do not need to memorise a boating dictionary, but
you do need to know the words and definitions above. As you become
entwined in the boating world, no matter for how short a time, you
want to appear to know what you are doing.
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