Boat Parts: Terminology | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Whether you’re an old pro in the boating industry or a newcomer, it’s always a good idea to know the parts of a boat. Even if you read or watch boating or marine literature, television shows, or movies, it can get overwhelming to remember all the terminology when it comes to boats.

At Greenville Marine & Sport Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For over 49 years, we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines, and our experienced sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat. 

In case you didn’t know, we’re also home to the awesome outdoor shop, in which we sell tackle, rods and reels, clothing, sunglasses, guns, hunting supplies, archery, and we even have an archery range. Buy local – you won’t be disappointed! If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye.

We’re here to help with the basics of boating vocabulary, with a little help from our friends at Boats.com

Berth: A sleeping area on a boat. Also, a place where a boat is tied up.

Bilge: The lowest section of a boat where water typically collects and where your bilge pumps are located.

Bimini: A type of folding canvas top used to shield occupants from rain and sun.

Bow: The forward end of any boat.

Bulkhead: Typically a transverse structural component in a boat that often supports a deck.

Cabin: An enclosed and protected area on a boat.

Casting Platform: A raised, open deck on a fishing boat used for casting a fishing rod.

Chine: The part of a boat where its hull sides and bottom intersect.

Cleat: A metal or plastic fitting used to securely attach a line.

Coaming: Raised edges, or sides, designed to help keep waves and water from entering a certain area of a boat.

Cockpit: Any semi-enclosed, recessed area that is lower than the surrounding decks, such as the cockpit of a sailboat or a center-console powerboat.

Companionway: An entryway that provides access to the below-decks spaces on a boat.

Console: A raised area above the deck or cockpit that occupants often sit or stand behind while the boat is underway. It is also where the steering of the vessel is done.

Deck: Essentially any exposed, flat exterior surface on a boat that people stand on.

Dinette: An area for dining on a boat, typically with a table set between two seating areas.

Flybridge: A steering station, sometimes with a small entertaining space, built atop a boat’s cabin. It’s also sometimes called a ‘flying bridge’.

Foredeck: The forward-most deck on a boat.

Galley: An area on a boat where food is prepared.

Gunwale: The top edge of a boat’s hull sides.

Hardtop: A supported fiberglass or composite roof-like external structure that covers a portion of a boat.

Hatch: The cover or door that closes over any opening in a boat’s deck or cabin top.

Head: The bathroom on a boat.

Helm: The area of a boat where the steering and engine controls are located.

Hull: The physical portions of a boat that sit in the water.

Inboard Engine: An engine that is mounted inside the hull of a boat.

Jib: Generally the smaller of two or more sails on a sailboat, flown forward of the mast.

Jump Seats: Small, pop-up seats usually located in the aft cockpit of a powerboat.

Lifelines: Cables or lines used to prevent people or gear from falling overboard.

Livewell: A specialized compartment on a boat designed to keep fish, shrimp, and other fishing bait alive.

Locker: An area on a boat where gear is stowed.

Mainsail: Generally the largest sail on a sailboat.

Mast: A vertical structure, usually made of aluminum, which supports sails on a sailboat.

Keel: The lowest portion of a boat’s hull as it sits in the water. Also, a hull appendage that improves stability.

Outboard Well: A recessed area on a boat just forward of where an outboard engine is mounted.

Outboard Engine: An engine that is generally mounted to the transom of a boat that has a self-contained engine block, transmission, and lower drive unit.

Pod Drives: Inboard engines mounted above articulating drive units that protrude through the bottom of the boat.

Propeller: A rotating device that is paired with an engine to propel a boat through the water.

Rigging: The lines and wires that support and help control a spar or mast.

Rubrail: A protective outer element on the hull sides that helps protect the hull from damage.

Rudder: A vertical hull appendage that controls steering.

Saloon: A room in the cabin on a boat that’s usually the primary entertaining area.

Scuppers: Deck drains that channel water from rain and spray overboard.

Sheer Line: The outline of a boat’s deck at the gunwale or hull-deck joint from bow to stern.

Stateroom: An enclosed cabin in a boat with sleeping quarters.

Stern: The aft-most section of a boat’s hull.

Stern Drive: A propulsion system consisting of an inboard engine with a steerable drive system that is mounted to the transom.

Swim Platform: A structure on the stern of a boat designed to make getting in and out of the water easier.

T-Top: A metal structure on a boat that is usually topped with a section of canvas or a hard top to protect occupants from sun, spray, and rain.

Tiller: A wood, metal, or composite handle that is connected to the rudder(s) or a small outboard and used to steer a boat.

Toerail: A wood or fiberglass rail or fiddle located around the outside edge of a boat’s deck, usually situated near where the hull sides meet the deck.

Topsides: The portion of a boat’s hull that is above the waterline.

Transom: The aft-most section of a boat that connects the port and starboard sections of the hull.

Trim Tabs: Adjustable metal plates on a powerboat’s hull bottom or transom that help adjust the boat’s running attitude, pitch, and roll as it moves through the water. On a sailboat, a single trim tab may be located on the aft edge of the keel to help the boat steer better in certain conditions.

V-Berth: A berth that is situated in the bow of a boat.

Waterline: The line around a boat’s hull where it intersects the water.

R.I.P. Mack Cahoon

How do you say goodbye to a dedicated employee, family friend, and just a good all-around guy? This one hurts .. We lost a great employee September 13, 2021. He was not in the best of health, but his mind was fine. You leave a lasting legacy when you stay at one business 39 years. We will miss his humor, wittiness, fun way of putting things when people were discussing matters. Dedicated, loyal , and trustworthy. But, he did like to put his “spin” on things… We will miss you Mack Cahoon. Rest in peace…

How Are Boats Built? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Who is Greenville Marine & Sport Center? We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 49 years. Check out the brands we deal, and let us know if we can special order anything for you. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase!

Have you ever wondered how a boat is built? Unlike the way that antique and classic powerboats were built, modern fiberglass boats are built using high-tech methods. From Boats.com, here’s a little bit about how new boats are made:

Prior to the development of fiberglass construction techniques, boats were built of wood, steel, and other materials, by assembling pieces and parts into a structure which was then sheathed with a hull. With fiberglass boat building, however, the major components of the boat – the hull, deck, liner, and large parts like consoles—are molded from fiberglass. Usually, this means starting with a female mold. The mold is first sprayed with gelcoat, then fiberglass cloth is applied, and then resin is used to saturate or “wet out” the fiberglass. When the resin cures, you have a hull or a boat part (for an explanation of the different boat parts, see our Beginner’s Guide to Boat Terminology).

Structural reinforcements like stringers and bulkheads can be molded separately and then fiberglassed to the part, or may in some cases be laid up at the same time. While the hull is still open and exposed, items that will be located below deck level like fuel and water tanks or inboard engines can be mounted. This is also when plumbing and wiring may be run. Then the major components are assembled. For most modern powerboats, that means the deck and/or liner is lifted, often with a crane, and lowered into the hull.

Many boats are designed with a “shoe-box” joint where the hull and deck have mating flanges, or overlap one another. Often mechanical fasteners such as screws or through-bolts are used to secure the parts together, in addition to the use of a chemical bonding agent and sealant like methyl methacrylate or 3M 5200, which also makes the joint water-tight. Additionally, some build fiberglass around the perimeter of the hull to deck joint.

With the major parts of the boat assembled, interior fittings like seats and steering wheels can then be added. Finally, the details and finishing touches can be taken care of.

Visit the article “Boat Building: Basic Construction of Resin, Fiberglass, and Cores” to learn more.

When you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory at Greenville Marine and let us know what catches your eye. We are located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. Come on in! 

Why You Should Buy a Boat! | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Regardless of what kind of boat you’re thinking about buying – a center console, a pontoon, or a speed boat – there are plenty of advantages to owning a boat. If you’re on the fence about buying, let us convince you! Here are several great reasons why you should buy the boat:

  1. Boating reduces stress. We all know how stressful daily life can be, especially over the last year. Being near water is an instant mood-booster for many people. What’s better than being near water? On it in your own boat! You’ll be happier after you buy that boat.
  2. Boating provides exercise. Another way to relieve stress, there are so many water sports that you might partake in once you buy a boat. Think water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and even fishing. These recreational activities offer lots of exercise. Get out there!
  3. Owning a boat requires mastering new skills. You read that right – you’ll have to learn more skills when you own a boat.
  4. Owning a boat can strengthen your relationships. If you want to take your family out on the weekends, surely spending that quality time together will strengthen your relationships. Boating offers many fun experiences for friends, partners, and families.
  5. Owning a boat makes you part of a fun community. Being part of the boating community is a great privilege. You’ll meet lots of folks you may not have had a chance to meet without a boat. Make new friends!

There are many more reasons why owning a boat will bring more happiness to your life, but these are just a few. Go for it – buy the boat you’ve had an eye on, and get out into the water!

Are you ready to find the perfect boat? You’ve come to the right place. Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for more than 48 years. We deal brands like G3 Boats,Pontoons, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Robalo, Tidewater, and Phoenix Bass Boats. We also sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase!

Where are the boats?

Ok, I know everyone is wondering… Where are the boats? Well, they have been sold except for two.. It has been a busy, unprecedented year. We have many, many, many boats on order. All boat manufacturers are having supply issues with all materials related to the manufacturing the boats, motors, and trailers.. In time, the supply chain will recover.. We will have more new boats for you to look at and buy .. soon.. many thanks for your business!

Protect Your Boat from UV Damage | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Greenville Marine is located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to see you! At Greenville Marine, we would love to help you out with all your boating, fishing, hunting, and shooting needs.

This summer is already off to a hot start! Just like you should protect your skin from powerful UV rays, you should think about protecting your boat from UV damage as well. Constant exposure from the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to different parts of your boat, resulting in avoidable repairs and costs.

One of the costliest ways UV light damages your boat is by deteriorating the boat’s gel coat. The gel coat is a layer of resin that acts as the outer skin to your boat’s hull or deck and is often pigmented to give your boat its color. Its main purpose is to protect the fiberglass layers underneath from any water or moisture. Even the best gel coats will require maintenance since they are the first layer of defense from the elements. UV rays will break down the pigment in gel coats and cause your boat’s color to fade to a dull shade of its former self. They can also cause the outer surface to turn chalky and deteriorate your gel coat over time. The best way to maintain and protect your gel coat is by regularly cleaning and waxing your boat.

Sunlight and UV rays are also very damaging to your boat’s interior. The most common form of interior damage is discoloration. Nothing is sadder than seeing your once vibrant upholstery now look dull, faded, or cracked. The light from the sun causes chemical reactions to the pigments in vinyl and fabrics, causing them to fade. Depending on what fabric is used for your upholstery (vinyl, leather, suede, etc.), the rate of fading will differ, but they all will eventually lose their vibrance after prolonged exposure to the sun. The best way to protect your interior is to use a boat cover when your boat is not in use.

Owning a boat is a big investment, so it is important to take care of it as best as you can. Even though being out on the water on a sunny day can be a great joy, those sunny days can add up and become an invisible threat if proper maintenance is not performed. Regularly cleaning, waxing, and covering your boat will allow it to look as good on its fifth year as it did on its first. The time and energy you put into taking care of your investment will save you from having to burn cash on reupholstering or applying a new layer of gel coat to your boat.

How to Choose the Right Boat Dealer | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Are you ready to find your favorite boat dealer? You’ve come to the right place. Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 48 years. We deal brands like G3 Boats, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Robalo, Tidewater, and Phoenix Bass Boats. We also sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase!

While buying a boat is a big undertaking, a dependable dealership can make the process significantly smoother and easier to manage. By researching potential dealers and looking out for indications of their quality, you can enjoy peace of mind for years to come.

When you decide that we’re the right fit for you, contact us ASAP! We are located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to see you! At Greenville Marine, we would love to help you out.