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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HARD CHINE

An abrupt intersection between the hull side and the hull bottom of a boat so constructed.

HATCH

An opening in a boat's deck fitted with a watertight cover.

HAULING

To lift a boat from the water.

HEAD

A marine toilet. Also the upper corner of a triangular sail.

HEADING

The direction in which a vessel's bow points at any given time.

HEADWAY

The forward motion of a boat. Opposite of sternway.

HEAVE

To pull on a line. Also to throw a line.

HELM

The wheel or tiller controlling the rudder.

HELMSMAN

The person who steers the boat.

HITCH

A knot used to secure a rope to another object or to another rope, or to form a loop or a noose in a rope.

HOLD

A compartment below deck in a large vessel, used solely for carrying cargo.

HOLDING TANK

Storage tank for gray water.

HORSEPOWER

The equivalent of a lift of 550 pounds one foot in one second.

HULL

The main body of a vessel.

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