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Boats come in many styles and shapes, but the names of the different parts remain consistent. Every boat operator should know the following terms and definitions.

Vessel parts, side view
Vessel Parts from Side View
Bow
Front of a vessel
Stern
Rear of a vessel
Starboard
Right side of a vessel
Port
Left side of a vessel
Hull
Body of a vessel
Gunwale
Upper edge of vessel's side (generally pronounced gunnel)
Cleat
Metal fitting on which a rope can be fastened

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