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Planing Hull
A boat hull designed to ride on top of the water rather than plowing through it.
Pleasure Boating
Recreational day boating in runabouts, deck boats, pontoon boats, bowriders and sportboats.
Pontoon Boat
A type of boat with a flat deck attached to airtight flotation tubes or logs.
Port
The left side of a boat when facing the bow. Also, a marina harbor or commercial dock.
Propeller
A rotating multi-blade device that propels a boat through the water.
Pulpit
Forward deck and railing structure at the bow of a boat.
Quarters
Living and sleeping areas of a vessel.
Racing Sailboat
Sailboat and yacht racing is a form of sport involving sailing yachts and larger sailboats.
Racer
A sailboat designed primarily for speed and competition with a minimum of built-in creature comforts.
RIB (rigid inflatable boat)
An inflatable boat fitted with a rigid bottom.
Rigging
Wire cables, rods, lines, hardware and other equipment that support and control the mast and spars.
Rubrail
Protective outer bumper that runs around the boat at the point where the top deck meets the hull.
Rudder
Underwater fin mounted below the hull near the stern that controls boat steering.
Sailboat
A boat that is at least partially propelled by capturing the force of wind in sails.
Salon
Full-sized, well-appointed cabin on the main deck level of a motoryacht, convertible or megayacht used for entertaining.
Schooner
A large sailboat with two or more masts where the foremast is shorter than aft mainmast.
Sea Cock
A valve in an opening through a ship's hull below or near the waterline (especially one connecting a ship's engine-cooling system to the sea).
Shroud
Mast support rigging, usually a wire, that runs from the mast to the side of the boat.
Skiff
A small, simple, shallow-draft boat.
Slip
A boat berth between two piers or floats. Also, the slight loss of efficient power delivery as a propeller spins in the water.