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Aft
The back part of a ship or boat
Amidship
The middle part of a ship or boat.
Beam
The widest part of a ship from one side to the other.
Blade
one of the flat parts of a propeller that spins around and pushes a boat forward.
Boom
A long pole fixed to the bottom of a boat’s sail, that is used for changing the direction of the sail.
Bow
The front part of a ship or boat.
Bowsprit
A long pole that sticks out from the front of a ship.
Bridge
The part of a ship from which it is controlled.
Backstay
A support for the mast to keep it from falling forward.
Anti-fouling paint
A special paint applied to a boat's hull to prevent marine growth.
Astern
The direction toward or beyond the stern.
Berth
A place to sleep aboard a boat. Also, a boat slip.
Bilge
The bottom inside part of a ship where dirty water collects.
Bimini Top
A canvas cover over the helm or cockpit area
Bitt
Vertical post extending above the deck to secure docking lines.
Bow Eye
A stainless steel U-bolt on a boat's bow stem used to secure tow lines or trailer winch hooks.
Capstan
A winch used for hauling heavy objects such as anchors.
Catamaran
A twin hulled boat, either power or sail.
Catboat
Small, simple sailboat with one mast and sail set far forward.
Center Console Boat
Fishing boat with the helm station located amidships for maximum walk-through space around the perimeter of the boat.