18 Boating Terms You Want to Know at a Boat Dealership

18 Boating Terms You Want to Know at a Boat Dealership

Posted by: Tyler Netter on Jan 29, 2018 10:34:00 AM

Visiting a boat dealership is a really fun experience. You get to walk onboard multiple types of boats and get a real feel for what it's like to be aboard a brand new boat or pontoon. One thing I've learned in my time at Miller Marine is that some of our customers wish they understood the boater lingo a little bit better. 

Rest assured, any interested person is welcome to visit our indoor showroom and check out the boats and pontoons we have to offer. But, for those of you who would prefer to brush up on a few common boating terms first, this one's for you. 

Boating Terms for Visiting a Boat Dealership

Whether you're interested in boats or possibly considering getting one, these terms will help you get started.

Baitwell

A fishing boat compartment meant for holding live bait. Look for one that has a pump to keep the water moving and an aerator to keep your bait oxygenated. 

Bow

The front end of a boat. 

Breakaway Lanyard

If a boat trailer detaches from the vehicle towing it, the breakaway lanyard activates the trailer's brakes. It's an emergency safety precaution. 

18 Boating Terms You Want to Know at a Boat Dealership

Draft 

The vertical distance a boat goes into the water.

Forward

When you move toward the front end of a boat (toward the bow), you're going forward. 

Hatch

An opening in the deck.

Hull

The part of the boat that rests in the water.

Port

When you stand at the stern (back end) of a boat and look toward the bow (front end), port refers to the entire left-hand side of the boat. 

Rudder

An underwater fin that controls a boat's steering.

Running Lights

Navigational lights that watercrafts use at night to show their position. 

Seaworthy

Having the ability to handle rough weather.

Starboard

When you stand at the stern (back end) of a boat and look toward the bow (front end), starboard refers to the entire right-hand side of the boat. 

Stern

The rear end of a boat.

Stow

To store an object onboard a watercraft.

Trolling

A method of fishing where baited lines or lures are towed behind a boat.

Underway

Refers to a boat that's in motion.

Wake

The waves a moving boat creates.

Waterline

The place where the hull of a boat meets the surface of the water.


While some of these terms might have been a refresher, I hope you were able to expand your boating vocabulary, too. Keep these terms with you the next time you visit a dealership to view their inventory of boats for sale. 

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