Boating Glossary

When you're new to boating some nautical words might not be easy to understand, so we have provided a basic introduction to some of the most common terminology.

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FATHOM

Six feet.

FENDER

A cushion, placed between boats, or between a boat and a pier, to prevent damage.

FIGURE EIGHT KNOT

A knot in the form of a figure eight, placed in the end of a line to prevent the line from passing through a grommet or a block.

FLARE

A pyrotechnic device used to signal a distress. The outward curve of a vessel's sides near the bow.

FLOOD

An incoming current.

FLOORBOARDS

The surface of the cockpit on which the crew stand.

FLUKE

The part of an anchor that is designed to dig in to the bottom.

FOLLOWING SEA

An overtaking sea that comes from astern.

FORE-AND-AFT

In a line parallel to the keel.

FOREPEAK

A compartment in the bow of a small boat.

FORWARD

Toward the bow of the boat.

FOULED

Any piece of equipment that is jammed or entangled, or dirtied.

FREEBOARD

The minimum vertical distance from the surface of the water to the gunwale.

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