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Aft
The back part of a ship or boat
Amidship
The middle part of a ship or boat.
Anchor
An anchor is a heavy item that is dropped down into the water, touching the bottom of the body of water and securing the vessel. Usually, the anchor is made up of a ring at one end for attaching the l More ...
Anti-fouling paint
A special paint applied to a boat's hull to prevent marine growth.
Astern
The direction toward or beyond the stern.
Backstay
A support for the mast to keep it from falling forward.
Beam
The widest part of a ship from one side to the other.
Berth
A place to sleep aboard a boat. Also, a boat slip.
Bilge
The bottom inside part of a ship where dirty water collects.
Bimini Top
A canvas cover over the helm or cockpit area
Bitt
Vertical post extending above the deck to secure docking lines.
Blade
one of the flat parts of a propeller that spins around and pushes a boat forward.
Boom
A long pole fixed to the bottom of a boat’s sail, that is used for changing the direction of the sail.
Bow
The front part of a ship or boat.
Bow Eye
A stainless steel U-bolt on a boat's bow stem used to secure tow lines or trailer winch hooks.
Bowsprit
A long pole that sticks out from the front of a ship.
Bridge
The part of a ship from which it is controlled.
Bulb Keel
A keel, usually made with a high aspect ratio foil, that contains a ballast-filled bulb at the bottom, usually teardrop shaped.
The bulb is a shoal draft fin keel. Basically, you saw off a deep fin kee
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Canting Keel
The latest and oddest in performance is the canting keel. A canting keel mounts on a hinge
Capstan
A winch used for hauling heavy objects such as anchors.
Catamaran
A twin hulled boat, either power or sail.
Catboat
Small, simple sailboat with one mast and sail set far forward.
Center Console Boat
Fishing boat with the helm station located amidships for maximum walk-through space around the perimeter of the boat.
Centerboard Keel
A keel-like pivoting device, typically in a trunk, that can be lowered or raised to act as a keel.
Chine
Portion of the hull where the bottom and sides intersect (can be rounded or angled).