Important Boating Terminology
The language of boats and boating has been developed
over the centuries by those who work at sea and is
derived from many different languages.The terms used in
boating are different from those used by "landlubbers" for
many common items.
For example, "port" means the left side
of a pleasure craft when looking forward.
Note that the "port" side of a boat never changes. It
makes no difference whether you are looking forward or to
the rear - port is always one particular side of the
In an emergency, many seconds of valuable time can be
saved by using the correct nautical term for a part of a
boat, tools, or actions.You should practice using
nautical terms at every opportunity so that their meaning
comes to you automatically without mental effort.
The boating and weather terms described below are the
minimum terms you will have to know for the Pleasure
Craft Operator Card requirements.