AFT: Toward the stern (back-end) of the boat.
AGROUND: Touching or fast to the bottom.
AMIDSHIPS: In or toward the center of the ship.
BEARING: The direction of an object expressed either as a true bearing as shown on the chart, or as a bearing relative to the heading of the boat.
BILGE: The interior of the hull below the floor boards.
BOW: The forward part of a boat.
BRIDGE: The location from which a vessel is steered and its speed controlled.
BULKHEAD: A vertical partition separating compartments.
DISPLACEMENT: The weight of water displaced by a floating vessel (a ships weight).
DRAFT: The depth of water a boat draws.
GANGWAY: The area of a ship’s side where people board and disembark.
HEEL: Constant roll angle – such as caused by a side wind or turning of the vessel. Heeling Moments describes the angles the ship takes in this respect.
HELM: The wheel controlling the rudder.
HULL: The main body of a vessel.
KEEL: The centerline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.
KNOT: A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (=1.852Klm) per hour.
MIDSHIP: Approximately in the location equally distant from the bow and stern.
PORT: The left side of a boat looking forward.
SOUNDING: A measurement of the depth of liquid in a ship’s tank.
STARBOARD: The right side of a boat when looking forward.
STERN: The after part (back side) of the boat.
WAKE: Moving waves, track or path that a boat leaves behind it, when moving across the waters.
WATERLINE: A line painted on a hull which shows the point to which a boat sinks when it is properly trimmed
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