Anatomy of a Yacht

The Anatomy of a Yacht From a Mega Yachting Facility in Fort Lauderdale

By Yachting


You might hear a yacht referred to as a boat, but not all boats are yachts. A yacht is technically a boat because it is a vessel that floats on the water. But to be called a yacht, a boat has to be at least 35 feet long. Yachts can also be much larger than that: A mega-yacht is more than 100 feet long, while yachts more than 200 feet long are called super-yachts. Yachts are usually used for recreation, and they are designed to be luxurious. These types of boats often have powerful motors that allow them to easily travel long distances, but they may be traditional sailing yachts powered by the wind. Other kinds of boats include fishing boats, which are boats built to be durable enough to withstand hours of fishing in either fresh or saltwater, and rowboats, small boats often used in shallow water that is typically designed to be propelled with oars.

Gone are words like “front,” “back,” “left,” and “right.”

In order to get the most out of the experience, it is helpful to know the different parts of a boat and have some understanding of how they work. Gone are words like “front,” “back,” “left,” and “right.” Instead, nautical terminology takes over and adds to the enjoyment of being on the water. However, no matter which type of boat you’re on, you’re likely to encounter some of the same features and terminology.

Aft: Referring to the aft means in or toward the back of the yacht.

Anchor: An anchor is a heavy object that drops down into the water to keep a boat or yacht from moving.

Beam: The beam is the widest point of a boat or yacht.

Berth: The sleeping area of a yacht is the berth.

Bow: The front of the yacht’s hull is the bow.

Bridge: All of the controls of the yacht are located on the bridge, which is also sometimes called the cockpit.

Cabin: Private rooms and living compartments in a yacht are called cabins.

Cleat: The cleats are the metal or plastic fittings on boats where sailors attach lines.

Deck: The part of the yacht where you can walk around outside is called the deck.

Draft: The draft is the minimum depth of water needed for a boat to float.

Galley: Sailors call the kitchen of a boat the galley.

Gunwale: The gunwale is the upper edge of the side of a boat or yacht.

Hatch: The hatch is the opening that connects the deck of a boat with the cabins underneath. Some yachts have several hatches.

Head: The bathroom on a boat or yacht may be referred to as the head.

Helm: The steering mechanism of a yacht is the helm.

Hull: The hull is the part of a yacht or boat that floats in the water. A hull has a framework inside it and a hard outer shell that you can see.

Keel: The keel is the part of the hull that runs down the middle from the bow to the stern. The keel is considered the foundation or backbone of a boat.

Knots: Knots describe the speed of a boat in nautical miles per hour. A single nautical mile is the same as a little more than 1.15 regular miles, meaning that a boat traveling at 25 knots is going almost 29 miles per hour.

Line: Rope used on a boat or yacht is called line. Sailors need to know how to tie proper knots in the lines to keep boats secure when they are docked.

Mooring: Mooring is the place on land where you secure a boat. Moorings may be piers or wharfs.

Port: If you are standing or sitting on a yacht looking toward the front of the vessel, the port side is the left side.

Porthole: Windows in a yacht or boat is called portholes.

Propellers: A motorized yacht has blades that spin fast, called propellers, that make it move through the water.

Rig: The rig includes the sails and any devices needed to control the sails. Rigging includes equipment such as the mast, boom, yards, and spreaders.

Starboard: When you are standing or sitting on the yacht looking toward the front of the vessel, the right side is the starboard side.

Stern: The back of the yacht’s hull is the stern.

Boats offer a great escape from everyday life.

Whether you’re sailing across an ocean or sitting back enjoying the view from a charter yacht, being on the water can and should be relaxing.

Now that you have the rundown of Nautical Terminology, we look forward to hearing it used in our five-star Mega Yacht facility that is conveniently located just minutes from Port Everglades in the Yachting Capital of Florida.

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Covered Mega Yacht Storage in Fort Lauderdale

Boathouse Announces The Alignment Of Two South Florida Yachting And Boating Locations

By Partners, Yachting

Captains looking for a full-service marina for yachts, their tenders, and all of their related repairs and services can now have all their needs met with one stop to the Boathouse.  In the fast-paced lives of yacht Captains, the Boathouse is positioned to help them solve their problems quickly, efficiently, and conveniently. The Boathouse facilities are ideally positioned in Broward County and in proximity to both Port Everglades and Hillsboro Inlets, the only inlets in the county.  With an experienced staff with over 150 years of experience across many marine manufacturers, the Boathouse provides Captains with a service partner that can address all of their needs while delivering superior service and competitive pricing.

The Boathouse Marina, Fort Lauderdale is a landmark yachting facility located just minutes from the Port Everglades inlet in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s marine district.  With 8 covered slips accommodating yachts up to 135″ and outdoor slips accommodating yachts up to 200’ the Boathouse Fort Lauderdale offers the convenience of daily, monthly or annual storage.  With a full range of on-site amenities including 24 Hour On-Site Security Staff and Electronic Surveillance & Monitoring, the Boathouse can meet the needs of the most discerning clients.

The Boathouse Marine Center, Pompano Beach, is a 40,000 square foot covered, enclosed, and secure dry storage facility for boats up to 48′ in length. The Boathouse, which is 25 minutes from the Hillsboro Inlet, makes storing your boat easy and convenient with a range of daily, monthly, semiannual and annual dry boat storage as well as a full service and parts department. An authorized Mercruiser/Mercury and Volvo Penta Dealer, the Boathouse uses the latest in diagnostic tools and equipment with a staff of factory-certified technicians, including a Mercury Master Technician.  The Boathouse Pompano Beach is a multi-year award winner of Mercury’s prestigious Customer Service Award.

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Docking Your Mega Yacht at Boathouse Yacht Facility in Fort Lauderdale FL

By Yachting

As a boater, docking in a slip is a common scenario you’ll often find yourself in regardless of whether you are docking in your own personal slip, a friend’s slip, or at a public marina or dockside restaurant. Before you begin, we highly recommend having your docking lines and fenders ready ahead of time on both sides of your boat. As in any and all docking situations, you’ll then want to start by checking your surroundings—look out for other nearby boats and be conscious of the conditions of the wind, water and current.

Next, always maneuver at a slow speed. Within a slip, you have limited mobility, which means you have little room to make mistakes. In most cases, you’ll want to position your boat so you’re able to back into the slip. Before you start backing in, you’ll want to center your wheel.

Slowly reverse your boat into the slip. Do your best to keep your balance and tell your passengers to stay seated during the process. This is not only for their safety, but it can help to keep the boat steady as it moves into the slip. Apply one last small burst of power forward to stop your reverse momentum. Then, tie off your lines to the dock. We suggest having two bow lines and two stern lines tied onto both sides of the slip—with the stern lines crossed.