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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.

Boat parts, side view
  • Bow: Front of a boat
  • Stern: Rear of a boat
  • Starboard: Right side of a boat
  • Port: Left side of a boat
  • Hull: Body of a boat
  • Gunwale: Upper edge of boat's side (generally pronounced gunnel)
  • Cleat: Metal fitting on which a rope can be fastened
  • Propeller: Rotates and powers a boat forward or backward
  • Navigation lights include all-round white light and red and green sidelights