Before becoming a full-fledged boatman, one needs to be equipped not only with the right vehicle or tools, but also with the basic knowledge of nautical terms. Boating jargon might be a bit confusing for a newbie because the amount of technical terms and boat parts you need to familiarize yourself with is almost as vast as the ocean.
Launching your boat in the water for the first time takes some preparation. So for your initial foray into the boating lexicon, it’s logical to first discuss the parts related to your boat, and the trailer you’ll be using to transport it from land to sea.
An article from How Stuff Works lists down some of the boat and trailer parts you need to learn to launch your boat successfully:
Parts of the boat:
Hull – the main body of the boat
Bow – front of the boat
Port side – the left side of the boat
Starboard side – the right side of the boat
Stern – the back part of the boat
Parts of the trailer:
Boat trailer winch – winches are used for loading boats to the trailer
Roller – rollers are wheels that allow a boat to slide up or down a trailer without damaging it
Guide-ons – rails that help guide a boat into the right position during the loading process
Other items you need to invest in for safety measures:
Buoy – an object that floats on water in a lake, bay, river, etc., to show areas that are safe or dangerous for boats
Fenders – a bumper used to prevent damage by absorbing the kinetic energy of the boat docking against a wall or another vessel
Knowledge of basic parts—including whether a manual or electric boat trailer winch is good for your boat—should make it easier for you to understand instructions on how to launch a boat. The words listed above do not even scratch the surface of the nautical dictionary. There are other terms to use and discover in boating, and it would be wise to further explore them on your own.
When you’re finally ready, make sure you have prepared the proper boating gear and have checked if your trailer is fully functional, to avoid accidents. Stores like Champion Trailers offer a vast inventory of boat trailer parts that are sure to keep your boat safe and secure. Difficult as it is, mastering boating jargon and parts will make it easier for you to navigate the high seas and talk sailor with your fellow boatmen in the future.
(Source: How Launching a Boat Works)