To swing or steer off course.
The direction from which the wind is blowing.
A rotating drum for hauling in line (like anchor line).
A structure parallel to the shore for docking.
Waves created by the passing of another vessel.
Very High Frequency radio used for communication.
Any craft used for transportation on the water.
Difference between true geographic north and magnetic north.
1. The transverse part of the stern. 2. Vertical section at the stern.
The sides of the vessel above the water line.
The vertical rise and fall of water caused by gravitational forces of the sun and moon.
Long large wave.
Cabins and other structures above deck.
A through hull fitting for the propeller shaft or rudder post.
Put in proper place.
Aft section of the boat.
The forward member of the hull
Sleeping Quarters for guest or captain.
Right side of the boat facing forward.
Vessel kept well organized and in good working order.
Parachute shaped devise used in deep open water to keep a vessels bow into the wind and waves and reduce drift.
Drain holes in the deck.
The ratio of length of anchor rode in use to the vertical distance from the bow of the vessel to the bottom of the water.
Pronounced Sal-on The main cabin of the vessel.
Alternating motion of a boat leaning alternately from port to starboard.
Line and chain connected to the anchor.
Electronic system to determine the position of objects at night and in reduced visibility.
A wharf or pier parallel to the water’s edge for loading and unloading cargo.
Forward railing structure at the bow.
Left side of the boat facing forward. (PORT and LEFT both have 4 Letters)
1. Rise and fall of the bow as the vessel moves through the water. 2. The theoretical distance a propeller will advance forward in one revolution.
Pole usually wood driven into the bottom to be used to support a dock or aid to navigation.
Life preserver (Personal Floatation Devise)
A permanent anchor usually marked by a round mooring buoy.
Anchored or tired to a dock or pier.
Near center of the vessel.
Radio distress call.
Rope used on board a vessel.
(LOA) Length from the tip of the bow to the end of the stern not including anything bolted to the hull.
Sideways drift of a boat caused by wind or current.
1. General term for a hitch or bend in a line. 2. One nautical mile per hour.
Main structural member beneth the hull to provide steering stability and reduce leeway.
Steering gear i.e wheel or tiller.
The toilet on board the vessel.
Pronounced Gun-el. The upper edge of the side of the boat.
Rode (chain and/or line) ,anchor, and shackles (Anchor and gear).
Waves that become shorter and steeper as the approach shore or shallow water.
kitchen on the vessel.
The vertical distance between the waterline and the top of the deck
Toward the front or bow of the vessel.
Linear measurement of 6 feet.
Out going (toward the sea) flow of tidal current.
Let out line slowly while in control of it.
The vertical distance from the water line to the lowest part of the boat.
Small group of piles sticking out of the water fastened together for strength.
Compass error from pointing to magnetic north.
The angle formed by a horizontal line at the keel and the angle of the bottom of the boat as it rises upward from horizontal.
Direction vessel is to be steered.
Fitting to which mooring lines are tied.
U shaped fitting on the deck to position a mooring line.
The intersection of where the topsides and the bottom of the hull.
Detailed map of the waterway including land and buoys
Navigable portion of a waterway usually marked with buoys.
Remove all lines from a vessel in preparation of departure
Small flag to indicate the identity of a club or organization
A vertical wall in the hull.
Structure built usually of rocks to create a protective barrier wall from heavy seas.
Forward section of the boat.
Large strong fitting on dock usually iron used to fasten mooring lines.
Lowest portion of a vessel inside the hull.
1. Bed on board a boat. 2. A position where the vessel is made fast to a dock.
Direction of an object from the observer.
Width of the boat at the widest point.
Toward the stern
To the side of the vessel
Toward the stern