Abaft: The direction towards the stern or near the back of the pleasure craft.
Abreast: Side by side; by the side of the craft.
Adrift: Loose, not on moorings or towline.
Aft: Towards the rear of the pleasure craft.
Aground: Touching or fast to the waterway bottom.
Ahead: The direction in front of the bow of the pleasure craft.
Amid ship: In or toward the centre of the boat.
Anchor swivel: The connector between the anchor and the anchor line
Beam: The width of a boat at its widest point.
Bilge: The lowest point on a boat.
Bow: The forward or front part of a boat.
Bow-eye: The part that the trailer winch hooks to on the boat.
Channel: A length of water wider than a strait that joins two larger areas of water.
Circle of death: This is the scenario in which a boat operator falls overboard while the engine is still running. The boat then circles back and hits the operator.
Coupler: A mechanism that is bolted or welded onto the end of a trailer tongue.
Double bottom: A compartment some boats have between the floor and hull of the boat, for safety.
Draft: The distance from the waterline to the lowest point of the hull.
Flame-tight: Secured tightly so as to be resistant to flame and preventive of explosion.
Freeboard: The height of a ship’s side between the waterline and the deck.
Gas separator: A device that removes water and solid contaminants from the fuel before it reaches the fuel pump.
Ground tackle: All of the anchor equipment including the anchor, the anchor line and the rode.
Grounded: Firmly planted on the ground, as a portable gas tank.
Hitch: Also called a tow-hitch or tow-bar, a device attached to the frame of a vehicle for towing a boat.
Inboard end: The end of the anchor line that is attached to the boat.
Intake grate: The suction area on the bottom of a PWC.
International waters: Oceans, seas, and waters outside of national jurisdiction.
Jet thrust nozzle: The part of a PWC through which water is forced to create propulsion.
Jetty: A narrow piece of land that extends into a waterway.
Lateral stability: The ability of a PWC to stay upright and not tilt sideways when crossing a wake.
Mainsail: The principal sail on a sailboat.
Non-pyrotechnic: Visual distress signals that do not ignite, such as hand signals or code flags.
Outboard end: The end of the anchor line that is attached to the anchor.
Outdrive: A power unit and attached propeller mounted at the stern of a boat, outside the hull.
Propulsion system: The source of power of a PWC, which is created by water being sucked in and propelled out.
Pyrotechnic: Igniting, as in visual distress signals that provide lighted visibility.
Rapids: A white-water area that is unsafe for boaters and especially unsafe for paddle crafts.
Rode: The line or chain attached to the anchor and secured to the boat.
Rudder: A device used to steer a boat. It may be either outboard or inboard. Outboard rudders are hung on the stern or transom. Inboard rudders are hung from a keel.
Running aground: When a boat hits shallow ground or an obstacle while underway and becomes stuck on the obstacle.
Sniff test: Using your nose to smell/detect gasoline fumes on your boat.
Trim: The forward/rear angle of the boat in the water.
Winch: A hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope or chain winding around a horizontal rotating drum.
Waterline: On the boat’s hull, this is the line at which the boat sits in the water when the boat is properly loaded with passengers and equipment.
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