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Module 01 - Boating Basics

Definitions: Pleasure Craft Overview

 

Transom:
The cross-section that forms the stern of the boat.
Stern:
The back section of a boat.
Bow:
The forward or front part of a boat.
Port:
The left side of the boat when seated and looking forward.
Starboard:
The right side of the boat when seated and looking forward.
Beam:
The width of a boat at its widest point.
Length:
The distance, in a straight line, from the tip of the bow to the farthest point on the stern, excluding the swim platform.
Waterline:
The line created by the water level on the side of a boat’s hull, when the boat is safely loaded with passengers (guests) and equipment.
Freeboard:
The distance from the waterline to the upper edge of a boat’s deck, at it’s lowest point.
Draft:
The depth of water that a boat needs to float freely, measured as the distance from the waterline to the lowest point on the boat.
Propeller:
Also known as the ‘prop’, this piece of equipment rotates and powers a boat forward or backward.

Memory Tip

Can’t remember which side of your boat is ‘port’ or ‘starboard’? You’ll like this rule of thumb: Just remember that  the word ‘port’ has 4 letters and so does the word ‘left’!

 

 

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