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Boat Diving Boards and Boat Terms

Boat Diving Boards and Boat Terms

Buying a boat can be confusing for anyone who hasn’t studied up on their boating jargon. After all, when the salesman talks about things like berth, ballast and bow, you might want to know what those words mean. You don’t have to be an expert on boats or know everything there is to know about boats to buy one, but it helps if you know the basic parts of the boat and what they are called.

It is just as important that you visit Lillipad Marine and order a boat diving board. It is sure to give you hours upon hours of enjoyment on your boating trips. Best of all, there is no nautical term for boat diving board, it’s just a diving board for a boat. Simple, really.

Here is a list of boating parts and boating terms that will help you when buying your boat and certainly helpful when using your boat.


Quite simply, a line is a rope you find on a boat. Do not call it a rope because it is a line. Calling it a rope around a seasoned boater could confuse them and it will certainly embarrass you.

Some boaters will act like they don’t know what you are talking about if you call it a rope. The nicer bloaters will just smile and politely correct you. You have been warned.


The boat you buy won’t have a bedroom. So when the salesman tells you a particular boat has two staterooms, what he means is that it has two bedrooms. This term comes from back in the days, very long ago, when officers or other people of importance had private rooms on a ship. Only people “of state” had private rooms. Get it?

If you need me, I’ll be napping in the stateroom.


The area of the boat where everybody gathers to swap stories, drink Cognac and enjoy a few laughs is the saloon. However, it is pronounced “salon.” You won’t find a saloon on smaller boats, only bigger ones.


The cooking area on a boat is called the galley. Back in the old days, before color television, electricity and Bob Newhart, mariners cooked meals on a gallery of heated stones. This term evolved from poor English over the centuries and stuck.


The head is the bathroom. Not that anybody knows for sure where this term came about. Some believe that the crew would go to the front (bow) of the boat when nature called. Get it? They went to the head of the boat to take care of business.

Bow and Stern

The rear of the boat is referred to as the stern and the front of the boat is known as the bow. If someone wants you to retrieve the bowline, you would get the rope from the front of the boat.

Port and Starboard

Starboard is right and port is left. These terms came about because sailors needed to device a universal distinction between left and right. The terms port and starboard indicate the left and right side of the boat from the captain’s perspective. This way, there is no confusion. For example, if you have two boats heading towards each other on a collision course, one captain can say to the other to please move to the starboard and there is no confusion as to who will move left and who will move right.

Knots Per Hour

Knots is the way we track boat speed. Knots measure nautical miles per hour (which is 1.151.miles per hour).


In the area where the boat is commanded, you will find the helm. Helm is the term that refers to where the boat is steered. The term comes from an old English word that means rudder.


The hull is the physical portion of the boat that sits in the water.


The mainsail is generally the largest sail on a boat.


The mast is a vertical structure that supports the sails on a sailboat.


Cleats are wooden or metal fittings with two arms that are used to secure lines.


The beam is the width of the widest part of the boat.

Boat Diving Board

This is what you need to order from Lillipad Marine.