Learn to Sail: Sailboat Anatomy
The parts of a Sailboat
When starting to learn the basics of sailing, you must learn the anatomy of the sailboat. Vocabulary is a huge part of learning to sail. If you want to be a sailor, you have to talk like a sailor.
We are going to briefly go over the sailboat anatomy, and what each part does during the process of sailing.
A. Cockpit- The part of the boat
where you steer and sail
B. Wheel- Steering wheel
C. Transom- the surface that forms the stern
D. Stern Pulpit- The best seat in the house!!
E Companionway- entance to the cabin from the deck/cockpit
F Rudder- The moveable part under the water that controls direction/steering
G. Keel- Fin-shaped structure on Hull that offers stability/ballast
H. Hull- The shell of the vessel
I. Stern- the back (or aft) of the boat
J. Bow- the front (or forward) part of the boat
K. Bow Pulpit- Railing at the bow of the boat
L. Stanchion- Metal pole that holds the lifeline
M. Lifeline- wire that helps prevent man overboard drills
With a good vocabulary and a basic knowledge of sailing, you are on your way to becoming a sailor! Keep checking in for more lessons, and we can show you the ropes!