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Common yacht terms

Parts of the Yacht

Not everyone is a sailor. There is a lexicon of terms that are used at sea and on vessels of any size that just don’t fit into everyday use on land. In this series of articles, we will look at some of these terms. You might know them already. You might have heard of them but don’t know what they relate to. Or you might know them in your own language if that is not English.

   Bow: front of the boat
   Stern/Aft: the back of the boat
   Port: Left side of a yacht
   Starboard: Right side of a yacht
   Aft deck: deck located at the rear of the boat
   Sun deck: the usually upper deck of a ship that is exposed to the most sun
   Bridge/Wheelhouse: the bridge of a ship is the room or platform from which the ship can be commanded
   Lazarette: A storage space in a boat’s stern area


Rooms On Board

Galley: kitchen
Saloon/Salon: living room
Staterooms/Cabins: guest bedrooms
Crew quarters: where the crew sleep
Head: bathroom

Additional Terms

   Knots per hour: a measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour
   Line: rope used aboard a vessel
   Helm: steering wheel
   Fenders: inflatable bumper usually placed between yacht and dock to prevent damage
   LOA (Lenght Over All): the length of the yacht from bow to stern in feet or meters
   M/Y: commonly used in yachting to indicate a Motor Yacht
   S/Y: commonly used in yachting to indicate a Sailing Yacht
   Under Way: when the yacht is in motion
   Watch: A division of crew into shifts
That’s enough for one day. More to come soon.


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