Looking to speak like a nautical native? Here is our list of the most popular words used aboard a boat, along with their definitions.

ANCHOR – A heavy weight used to secure a boat in a body of water.

BAILER – Any device used in the event water needs to be emptied from a boat.

BOW – The front of a boat.

BUOY – Signs on the water which can show the edges of water channels, directions and hazards.

CAPACITY PLATE – A plate on a boat which shows both the maximum amount of people and weight the boat can safely carry.

CHANNEL – A portion of a waterway marked for depth, hazards and direction with buoys or markers.

CURRENT – Horizontal water movement caused by either tides, wind or normal water flow.

EDDY – A slow current which forms beyond an obstacle.

MOORED – When a boat is fastened to a pier or anchored.

PORT – When facing forward, the left side of a ship.

SHOAL – A rough buildup on the bottom of a body of water caused by wave patterns, currents or crosswinds.

SOUP – A term for fog.

STARBOARD – When facing forward, the right side of a ship.

STERN – The back of a boat.

TIDES – The rise and fall of water caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.

WAKE – A wave caused by another boat’s passage.

If you ever have any questions while onboard Seastreak, ask one of our friendly crew members. We pride ourselves on our excellent service, and always strive to make our passengers comfortable and happy. 

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Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

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