Glossary of Boating Terms

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aerate

To force air and oxygen into livewells to keep fish or bait alive. Also, to force air under the running surface of a hull.

aft

The rear of the boat.

aft cabin

Sleeping quarters beneath the aft or rear section of the boat (sometimes called a mid cabin when located beneath the helm).

alee

The side of a boat or object away from the direction of the wind.

aloft

Above deck in the rigging.

aluminum fish boat

Small, lightweight, durable trailerboat constructed of aluminum that is either welded or riveted; generally used for freshwater fishing.

amidships

Center section of a boat.

anchorage

A location intended or suited for anchoring.

anti-fouling paint

A special paint applied to a boat's hull to prevent marine growth.

apparent wind

The direction and velocity of wind as felt in a moving boat.

astern

The direction toward or beyond the stern.

athwart

Perpendicular to a boat's centerline

aweigh

An anchor that is off the bottom.

axle ratio

The relationship of revolutions of a tow vehicle's axle to that of its driveshaft or transaxle, e.g. 2.74:1.