Boat Engines

Engine TypesPowered boats have one of three types of engines: outboard, inboard, and stern drive engines. Outboard engines are called “outboards” because they are mounted on the boat’s transom, outside of the boat’s hull. Outboard motors are self-contained units that include the engine, gearbox, and…

Boat Hull Types

Hulls come in as many shapes and sizes as boats. There are four common types of hulls; although they look different, all hulls are designed to do one of only two things: displace water, or ride on top of it, which is called planing. Slow-moving,…

Parts of a Boat

Let’s review the body of a boat to familiarize ourselves with the terminology used.Bilge: A compartment at the lowest point of a boat’s hull.Bow: The front of a boat is called the bow.Cleats: The metal fittings that secure ropes to the vessel are called cleats.Gunwales:…