Basic terminology of navigation: through the eyes of the surface of the head of a yacht


Basic Sewing Terminology


  • Arest: The back of the yacht, also known as the stern.
  • Ball anchorage: The black and rounded shape is raised forward to show that the yacht is anchored.


  • Arc: The front of the yacht is also known as below.
  • Bow line: The line that comes out from the arch when it's approaching
  • Bowline: Type of knot, produces a strong loop. Very useful to learn if an offer is linked.
  • Bosun: A non commissioned officer in charge of the cover team and the head of the cutlery.
  • Range: Width of the yacht to the widest point
  • Sentinel: The space or compartment that is at the bottom of the helmet: usually contains storage, originally the space where the water is collected.
  • Bridge: This is the location from which it is directed, the yacht is navigated and the speed is controlled. It's also a great place to find the captain.


  • Remove: To leave
  • Capstan: Great vertical winch that is used to roll on the anchors or tighten lines.
  • Stain: a lace where the lines are made quickly. (Bound).
  • Cockpit: An opening to the deck from where the yacht is managed. (sailing yacht).


  • Cover Accessories: These bright elements used to work and secure lines. The articles include drill bits, bearing eyes and bits.
  • Death ahead: Directly in front.


  • EPRIB – Radio emergency indication radio – Make sure you know where it is adapted, so that you will save your life in case of emergency.


  • Just lead: Round opening that is used to make a line to prevent it from rubbing.
  • Fire extinguishers: You covered this issue in your STCW95 firefighting course. Here are the basics:
  • Foam Extinguishers – Class A & B – For use in solids and fluids in the fire, which are regularly in the interior.
  • Powder extinguishers – Class A, B & C – They are not usually on board due to collateral damage.
  • CO2 extinguishers – Class B – It is in the galley and near the electricity. It is not used in people since it produces burns
  • First officer: (principal officer) second in command
  • Defense: A breeze full of air used to prevent boats being hit by docks or to each other.


  • Galley: Kitchen
  • Gear: Strings, blocks, attack … general term for roofing equipment.
  • Gateway: Wherever the people board and land the ship … (go up and down).


  • None: Toilet.
  • Casca: It is the main construction of the ship.


  • Keel: The center line of the vessel, (the later ones).
  • Knot: The speed that measures the speed.
  • 1 knot = 1 nautical mile = 1.15 miles = 1,852 km


  • List: angle of inclination or incline to one side (along the length of the ship this is called step)
  • (LOA) Total length: is the measurement of the yacht along its central line.
  • Lazarette: The Garage where all the toys are kept. Located aft of the ship.
  • Freedom: The far side or protected from the wind. In front of the wind


  • Teacher: Captain
  • Meeting station: The location where the crew and the guests meet in case of emergency.


  • Walkway : footbridge on the stern of the yacht
  • Port Cost: The left side of the yacht when looking forward. The easiest way to remember the red light that is assigned to indicate the side of the port for navigation purposes is remembering this little verse.
  • "There is no port left in the bottle … (the port side is left and the port is red)."


  • Starboard side: It is the right side of the yacht when looking forward and opposed to the port.

Note: so do not confuse yourself with this memory when referring to the port and the sidewalk of a boat, this is when you are in front of the arch.

  • Screw: Helix
  • Scuppers: The drains on the deck.
  • Spring line: It's used in the docking to prevent the car from moving forward or aft.
  • Squall: Sudden and violent wind always with a lot of rain.
  • Stern: The back of the yacht


  • Transom: the back panel of the yacht


  • Wind Wind: – In the direction that the wind comes out. Facing leeward
  • Trological: It is used to release and tighten the coffers.