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Hints and tips for lakes, ponds, and boats.

Nautical terms
Here is a small list of basic nautical terms and their meanings.

Bow: the front or nose of a boat.

Stern: the back or rear of the boat.

Port: the left hand side of the boat, if you are in the boat facing forwards.

Starboard: the right hand side of the boat, if you are in the boat facing forwards.

Transom: this is the back/rear wall of the boat. If using an outboard you will clamp the outboard to this part.

Painter: this is the rope that goes from the nose of the boat to the shore, so it doesn’t flat away.

Rowlocks: the metal loops that the oars sit in when you are rowing.

Beam: this is the width of the boat at its widest point.

Gunwale: this refers to the top edge of the boat.

Pram dinghy: this hull shape has a flat front, and is designed for stability and capacity in a range of conditions, these are often used as yacht tenders, and will handle much better than a punt..
Punt: A flat bottomed, flat fronted boat, usually square (although mine have a curve to the gunwale), these make great estate boats they are often sculled or punted from a standing position.
Skiff: originally a term for a fast narrow rowing boat, my pond skiffs have a much wider beam, making them perfect as pond boats, moat boats, lake boats, etc
Coracle: these tiny little round boats have curved hulls, and are notoriously unstable, they required considerable skill to manouvre and use.
Canoes vs Kayaks: canoes are generally larger than kayaks, a kayak will have an enclosed deck, whereas a canoe will usually be open, a canoe will traditionally be kneeled in while paddling (although my wooden canoes are generally sat in), a kayak will always be sat it, kayaks are designed for manouverability, Canoes can be fast, and will hold a line well on the water.


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