Learning To Sail?


Are you beginning your sailing career?

You’ve come to the right place to study up on some of the basics. First off, we will start with some common boating lingo:

  • There are no “ropes” on a sail boat!  They are called lines!
  • Sails are called sheets.
  • The main sheet is in the middle of the boat.
  • The front sheet is called the jib.
  • The mast is usually in the middle of the boat and holds up the sheet.
  • The halyard is the line that hoists the sheet to the top of the mast.
  • The boom is the arm that is parallel to the deck of the boat and helps hold the sheet at different angles.
  • The keel is a solid hunk of metal usually iron attached to the bottom of the boat to keep it from capsizing.
  • Right side is starboard & left side is port.
  • The front of the boat is the bow, the rear is the stern.
  • The area containing the steering controls is the helm.
  • A winch is a device that helps pull the sail in and out.

When sailing, as I’m sure you know, it’s all about the wind and the direction of the wind.  You can spend your whole life trying to critique and fine tune the exact position the sheet needs to be in, relative to the wind, to get maximum efficiency.

The best way to learn is to get out there and physically do it.  Experience is king when it comes to sailing, so get out there and have fun!


Buyboatz owner and operator has been in the boating industry for 10+ years!

Leave a Comment