Glossary of Boating Terms
personal flotation device (PFD)
A safety vest or jacket capable of keeping an individual afloat.
personal watercraft (PWC)
A small, lightweight craft designed to be either sat-on or stood-on with motorcycle-like handlebars and squeeze throttle, usually jet-propelled.
A post driven into the ground below the waterline to support a pier, dock, etc.
A fully enclosed helm compartment.
Theoretical distance a propeller would travel in one revolution. Also, the rise and fall of a boat's bow and stern.
A boat hull designed to ride on top of the water rather than plowing through it.
Recreational day boating in runabouts, deck boats, pontoon boats, bowriders and sportboats.
To plan a navigation course using a chart.
Small elevated stand on a flats boat used by a fisherman to silently pole through shallow water and scout for fish.
A type of boat with a flat deck attached to airtight flotation tubes or logs.
The left side of a boat when facing the bow. Also, a marina harbor or commercial dock.
A multihulled powerboat with two identical side-by-side hulls.
A powerboat with overnight accommodations, typically up to 40 feet long.
A rotating multi-blade device that propels a boat through the water.
Forward deck and railing structure at the bow of a boat.
See personal watercraft.