First, let’s learn the words for the front, back, left, and right sides of a boat. Every boat operator should know the following terms and definitions.
Vessel: Any watercraft, including non-displacement craft and seaplanes, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
Bow: the front part of a vessel
Stern: the rear part of a vessel
Port: the left-hand side of the vessel when looking at the bow
Starboard: the right side of the vessel when facing forward