Glossary of Boating Terms
Nautical depth measurement equaling six feet.
A cylindrical or round cushion used to protect the hull sides of a boat, typically used when tied up at dock.
To clear a buoy, point of land or object without having to make a tack.
Glass fibers either loose or woven, reinforced with resin and used in the construction of many boats.
A fix-mounted chair used to help land large gamefish on bluewater fishing boats equipped with a footrest, gimbal-mounted rod holder, safety harness and other fish-fighting gear.
A keel shaped like the fin of a fish that is shorter and deeper than a full-length keel.
Electronic device that uses sonar to locate and display fish on a monitor.
The position of a boat recorded in coordinates or bearings.
A pyrotechnic device used to indicate distress. Also, the outward curvature of the sides on the bow of a boat.
Type of boat or hull shape with very little or no deadrise.
Type of small, inshore saltwater fishing boat with moderate deadrise and draft, usually equipped with a raised platform aft used by a guide pushing a long pole to silently maneuver the boat through shallow tidal water.
Raised, second-story helm station, often located above the primary helm.
Wave pattern running in the same direction as the boat.
The bottom edge of a sail.
Located at the front of a boat.
Forward part of the main deck, ahead of the superstructure.
Jacket, pants and hat used during inclement weather.
A gasoline- or diesel-powered internal combustion engine that takes four cycles or strokes of the piston to complete its power phase. Also called four-stroke engine.
Hitch fastened to the frame of a tow vehicle.
Vertical distance between the waterline and the top of the hull side.
Rolling or folding a sail on its boom.