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.

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

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.

How to Price and Advertise Your Boat for Sale | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Are you considering selling your boat? We’re entering the winter months, and because of the pandemic, many people are selling items they aren’t using right now. Now may be a good time to sell your boat sitting in storage. If you’ve decided to sell your boat but you don’t know where to begin, let us help! We’d love to sell your boat for you. 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. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you any way we can!

If you plan to sell your boat on your own but you have questions about how to price and how to advertise your boat, look no further! We’ve got you covered. From Discover Boating, here are some great tips:

Pricing Your Boat

Once it’s cleaned and prepped, you need to nail down a reasonable asking price for your boat. You can start by checking the NADA guides. But remember that the values they publish are estimates, at best. The boat’s condition will have a huge impact on its value, which those guides can’t take into account. So you should look at listings for similar boats online, in magazines, and at boat broker websites as well. As you do so, remember that the boat’s value will also be impacted by geography, and may bring a higher price in areas where boats are in high demand but a lower price in areas where they aren’t. The type of boating you’ve done also plays a role, since boats used in freshwater tend to bring higher prices than those used in saltwater. Even seasonality can affect boat pricing, because many people are more apt to buy a boat in the spring than in the late fall or winter.

After you settle on a figure, remember that a boat’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. If the price is too high it may sit on the market for months at a time. Since it can be so hard to nail down a value, some boat sellers list at a starting point and gauge the interest level for a month or so. Then they drop the asking price a few percent for each week or month that goes by after that, until a significant number of buyers begin to show interest.

How to Advertise a Boat For Sale

With the boat fully prepped and an asking price in mind, it’s time to start generating some leads. In this day and age most people advertise their boat on a number of different internet sites that offer classifieds. Some are free, some are not, and all offer unpredictable results. You may also want to advertise in a local paper or boating magazine. And don’t neglect the tried and true tactic of simply hanging a “For Sale” sign on the boat and placing it in a high-visibility area near a busy road or marina.