In our previous post, Glossary Of Boating Terms – Part One, we covered five common boating terms many people use while out boating whether on a lake, in the ocean, or on another body of water. Today, we’ll be covering part two of boating vernacular to help you fully understand how to excel at boating and the terminology that goes along with it. Calling out the right boating terms is important because it eliminates confusion and possible accidents while boating. Avoid any possible harm by learning these useful boating terms that will ensure a safe voyage out onto the waters of Lake Lanier. If you’re interested in boating, but don’t have a boat to take out onto the water, we have you covered. At Freedom Boat Club, we’re able to meet your boating needs and offer an alternative to boat ownership. When you join Freedom Boat Club you are joining a boating club that gives you access to all types of boats from pontoon boats to speed boats and everything in between. Take advantage of a boating club that can provide the best alternative to boating and gives you the best benefits.

Five Additional Boating Terms

Below are five additional boating terms to ensure you have a safe voyage out on the waters of Lake Lanier. At our boating club, we aim to enhance your adventure on the water by providing all the tools of knowledge you need to ensure you have a safe and secure boating trip. These terms, like our previous ones we went over, are common and will allow you to know the proper way to command a vessel. Make sure you know the previous five common nautical terms by reading our previous blog post, Glossary Of Boating Terms – Part One. To learn more about what we can offer you at our boating club, call (404) 901-4907.

Boating Term Six: Ahead

Ahead is a movement term. Ahead refers to when the boat is moving in an onward motion. When the boat is moving forward, you can yell out ‘ahead’ which will alert everyone that the boat is advancing forth. You would need to yell out ‘ahead’ to warn the passengers on the speed boat or pontoon boat that the boat will be advancing forward. It might not seem important to know when the boat is moving, but when a vessel begins to shift you are able to warn the passengers by telling them ‘ahead’ to ready themselves for motion. For instance, if you don’t yell ‘ahead’ and the boat begins to move, someone could fall overboard or fall forward on the boat creating a messy situation. When you know the boat is going to be moving you’re able to plan accordingly and ensure everyone is in a stable position to cut down on any accidents that may take place.

Boating Term Seven: Astern

Similarly to ahead, astern is also a term for moving on a boating vessel. Astern is called out when the boat is moving in reverse or toward the stern of the vessel. If you are backing the boat up, you call our ‘astern’ to alert the passengers and possibly the people on the deck if you are backing up into space on the dock. When you yell out ‘astern’ everyone will know that the boat will be backing up. Astern is even more helpful when called out because unlike a car, a boat won’t alert the people around with blinking lights when it is backing up. When you call out ‘astern’ you’ll be forewarning everyone that a boat will be backing up and eliminate any dangerous situations.

Boating Term Eight: Port

Port is not just a delicious beverage or a place to dock your boat. Port refers to the left side of the boating vessel when you are standing at the stern of the boat and looking forward. Port is the entire left side of the boat when you’re looking forward on the boat. A good example of when you should use port is if a person is swimming in the water or you’re docking and want to avoid accidentally hitting the swimmer.

Boating Term Nine: Starboard

Similarly to port, starboard is a term that refers to a part of the boat. If the port is the left side, then the starboard is the right side. When you look forward and are standing at the stern of the boat the entire right side of the boat is the starboard. Similar to the port, you would call out ‘starboard’ when you want to avoid bumping into people or the dock when you are steering the boat.

Boating Term Ten: Port Bow

In our previous post, we covered what ‘bow’ was. For a refresher, the bow is the front of the boat and the port bow refers to the front left side of the boat. For instance, if there was a person in the water or a large piece of debris in front of the boat you would yell ‘off the port bow’ if it was to the front and the left side. Port-bow is important to know because it can help to avoid harmful situations.

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