What Are The Front, Back, Left, and Right Parts of a Boat Called?

First, let’s learn the words for the front, back, left, and right sides of a boat. ‚Äč‚ÄčEvery boat operator should know the following terms and definitions.

graphic of a boat showing starboard, port, and bow
image showing location of port, starboard, and stern on boat

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



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