Boating Basics

Boating terminology and definitions for boaters in Canada and the United States.


BOATsmart! Study Guide Glossary: 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 […]

Boat Theft Prevention Tips

Preventing Boat Theft As boat owners and operators, we value our boats for the relaxing experiences they provide and the great memories we have of sunny days on the water. A thief, however, values your boat’s dollar value. You can prevent boat theft by doing the following: Trademark It: Put plenty of marks on your boat […]

Boat Capacity and Horsepower Recommendations

Your Boat’s Gross Load Capacity and Horsepower Recommendations You must be aware of the federal regulations for your boat’s engine power (horsepower) and gross load capacity (maximum weight). According to federal law, motorized boats that are less than 20 feet in length must have a capacity plate in the steering or helm area. Understand that […]

Boat Hull Types

The Hull The ‘hull’ is the portion of your boat that rides both in and on top of the water. The boat hull does not include any masts, sails, rigging, machinery or equipment. There are three general hull types: Planing Hull: This hull type is designed to glide on the surface of the water as […]

Boat Engine Types

Outboard Engine If your boat has an ‘outboard engine’, it will be attached to the transom (stern) of the boat. To steer the boat, you will move the entire boat engine and drive assembly. In order to avoid hitting bottom in shallow areas, you can move the engine up or down, manually or electronically. Sterndrive […]

Basic Boat Terminology

Boating Terminology This article will help you get familiar with some basic boating terminology. Who is the ‘Operator’? A boat ‘operator’ is the person who is in control of the pleasure craft and who is responsible for it’s operation. As a pleasure craft operator you are responsible for yourself, your passengers, your boat and the […]

The Basic Parts of a Boat and Personal Watercraft

Definitions: Parts of a Boat Bow: The forward or front part of your vessel is called the ‘bow’. Port: The left side of your boat when you’re seated and looking forward. Starboard: The right side of your boat when you’re seated and looking forward. Stern: The rear section of your boat is called the ‘stern’. […]