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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INBOARD

More toward the center of a vessel; inside; a motor fitted inside a boat.

INFLATABLE BOAT

A type of boat with air chambers into which air is pumped either manually or automatically for buoyancy, some having rigid bottoms.

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (ICW)

Bays, rivers, and canals along the coasts connected so that vessels may travel without going into the sea.

INVERTER

Device that changes 12-, 24- or 32-volt direct current (DC) from a battery to 120-volt alternating current (AC).

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