Starboard toward the V-Berth
Port toward the V-Berth
Bow – The forward part of a boat.
Stern – The rear part of a boat.
Port – The left side of a boat when seen by someone facing the bow.
Starboard- The right side of a boat when seen by someone facing the bow.
Forward – At, toward or near the bow of a vessel.
Aft – Near, toward or at the stern of a ship.
Draft – The vertical distance between the waterline and the deepest part of the keel, usually expressed in feet. The draft of a ship determines the minimum depth of water necessary to navigate without grounding.
Keel – The central longitudinal structural member of a ship to which all the frames, stem and sternpost are fastened.
Galley – The compartment where food is prepared and cooked. Note to lubbers: there is no kitchen on board a ship.
Head – 1) The toilet compartment. 2) The top corner or edge of a sail.
Salon – Public living area on a boat
Berth – A bunk where a seaman sleeps.
Bulkhead – A partition separating areas below, like a wall. 2) Any vertical partition or wall in a ship. (note: there is no such thing as a wall on board ship.)
Spinnaker – A large very lightweight downwind sail.
Jib – A triangular headsail mounted to the headstay.
Mainsail – The principal and largest sail in a sailplan
Mainsheet – The tackle used to control the angle of the mainsail to the wind.
Clew – The lower aft corner of a fore and aft sail.
Tack – The lower forward corner of a fore and aft sail.
Windlass – A geared bit that gives a mechanical advantage when drawing a line taut.
Sheet – A line leading from the lee corner of a sail or the end of a boom and used to control the angle of the sail to the wind.
Halyard – An arrangement of line and blocks employed to hoist a sail or flag.
Mast – A vertical spar on a sailing vessel employed as the support for the sails.
Line – A rope that is engaged in a specific task on board ship, such as a sheet or halyard.
Rode – The line or chain that reaches from a ship to its anchor.