Many of the people visiting our marina to view our various models are completely new to the boating sector, so we thought we would put together a handy guide to boat terminology – starting with parts of a boat. We asked our helpful team to explain some of the lingo!
Ballast: A weight that sits at the bottom in the hull to increase stability of the vessel
Berth: A bed or bunk to sleep or relax in. In addition, a berth can mean a mooring
Bilge: The bilge is the lowest part of a boat, below the waterline, where rainwater, sea water and water from leaks is collected
Bimini: A bimini is a type of folding open canvas that protects passengers from the elements, including rain, wind, or the hot sun. Biminis feature heavily across our Interboat range
Bow: The bow is the very front or the most forward-facing part of the vessel
Bow Thruster: This is a propulsion device that provides lateral thrust, thereby making the boat more manoeuvrable
Cabin: An easy one. A sheltered part of the boat for the crew to relax and sleep within. Look how spacious the cabins are across our Haines portfolio
Cleat: A fitting onto which you tie or loop a line. This can be on a boat or a dock
Console: Elevated structure on the deck that holds the helm or steering station. On some vessels it will also incorporate a toilet or stowage space below
Deck: Any flat surface on the exterior of a boat
Foredeck: The most forward-facing deck on any boat
Galley: The galley is the area on a boat where food is usually prepared
Gunwale: The top edge of a boat’s hull sides – typically where the deck and hull come together.
Helm: The area of the boat where you steer the boat, including engine controls. We have some fantastic action shots of drivers at the helm on the Intercruiser section of our website!
Hull: The body of a boat is called its hull.
Line: Simply the ropes that are kept on-board
Port: Sailing terminology for the left side of a boat
Rubbing Strake: This will provide protection to the sides of the boat
Rudder: The rudder is primarily used to steer the vessel. It is typically located at the back of the boat
Sprayhood: This is the front section of an open day boat canopy, providing vital protection
Starboard: Sailing terminology for the right side of a boat
Stern: The stern is the back end of a vessel
Swim Platform: Used by passengers to enter or exit the water for a swim. This structure will often incorporate steps or a ladder, like the Corsiva range
Tiller: A handle that is intended to steer the boat by attaching it directly to the outboard or rudder
Tonneau Cover: A flat section of cover to protect the boat when not in use
Topside: The area of the boat’s hull that sits above the waterline
Waterline: The waterline is where the hull meets the surface of the water. This can often discolour if it isn’t properly maintained. Check out our boat maintenance services to keep your vessel in top condition
Windlass: A windlass is a device used on boats to let-out and heave-up equipment – for instance, controlling deployment of an anchor
We hope you’ve found this first guide useful – and answered everything you need to know – but if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate in getting in touch: https://valwyattmarine.co.uk/contact-us/
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