Understanding Common Boating Terminology

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Every boat owner should have a good understanding of how their boat works, the function of each part of their vessel, how to address issues when they arise, and have a basic understanding of boating safety. One thing that many boaters don't know, however, is common boating terminology. And some of these terms you really should know without having to put much thought into it if you're going to own a boat.

Why? Because being able to properly communicate with those on your boat in case of an emergency situation is very crucial. Plus, in the event that you need to call for help, knowing common boat terms will come in handy when speaking with dock staff and even the coast guard when the need arises. So here are 15 common boating terms every boat owner should know:

Common Boating Terms

1. Bow
Refers to the front end of a boat. (You can remember "bow" as the front, because when you take a bow, you're leaning forward.)

2. Stern
Refers to the rear end of a boat.

3. Forward
When you are moving towards the front end of a boat, this called going "forward."

4. Aft
When are you moving towards the rear end of the boat, this is called going "aft."

5. Underway
When a boat is moving, either by motor or wind, this is called being "underway."

6. Ahead
Refers to a boat moving in a forward direction.

7. Astern
Refers to a boat moving in a backwards position (reverse).

8. Port
Standing at the rear of a boat and looking forward, "port" refers to the entire left side of the boat.

9. Starboard
Standing at the rear of a boat and looking forward, "starboard" refers to the entire right side of the boat.

10. Port Bow
Refers to the front left of a boat.

11. Port Quarter
Refers to the rear left side of a boat.

12. Starboard Bow
Refers to the front right of a boat.

13. Starboard Quarter
Refers to the rear right of a boat.

14. Midships
The central part of a boating vessel.

15. Topside
Moving from a lower deck of a boat to an upper deck.

By learning and familiarizing yourself with these common boating terms, you'll more easily be able to communicate with those who are on your boat, and those in the boating or water safety industry. This will make boat ownership so much easier and will make understanding the lingo when talking to other boat gurus much easier and less like trying to understand a foreign language. Just remember, the more you know about your boat and boating safety, the better prepared you are when you're out on the water.

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