Glossary of Boating Terms

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V-berth

A bed or berth located in the bow that has a V-shape.

V-drive

Propulsion system where the drive shaft initially runs forward into a gear box and then runs aft and down through the hull. The driveline forms a V-shape with the gear box at the pivot point.

variation

Compass variable that accounts for the difference in degrees between true north and magnetic north.

ventilation

Air introduced into a spinning propeller from the water's surface.

VHF

Very high frequency; a bandwidth designation commonly used by marine radios.