Listing the sailing and boating terms would be very simple but not very beneficial to you the reader. Though this is most definitely not a complete list it is enough to help someone have a very basic understanding of the terms. The sailing and boating terms and their definitions will be listed in groups such A - C, D -F, G - I, and so on.
Sailing and Boating Terms A - C
Aft - toward the stern of the boat
alee - away from the direction of the wind
anchorage - place suitable for anchoring in relation to the wind, seas and
ballast weight - usually metal, placed low on a boat to provide stability.
beam - the greatest width of the boat
boom - free swinging spar attached to the foot of the sail with forward
pivoting in the mast
bow - forward part of the boat
buoy - an anchored float that marks a position on the water or a hazard,
or a shoal and for mooring
catamaran - a multi-hulled boat
centerboard - board that is lowered through a slot in the center line of the
hull to reduce sideways skidding or leeway.
Sailing and Boating Terms D - E
dagger board a board dropped vertically through the hull to prevent
leeway; it can be removed for beaching or sailing downwind
displacement - weight of the water displaced by the a floating vessel
thus a boat�s weight.
draft - depth of water a boat draws
Sailing and Boating Terms K - M
luff - forward edge of a triangular sail; mainsail luff - the portion closest to
mast - main vertical spar used to support sails and their running rigging
and in turn is supported by standing rigging
Sailing and Boating Terms P, R, S, and T
mooring - an arrangement for securing a boat to a mooring, a buoy, or
port - left side of a boat
rigging - lines that hold up the masts and move the sails (standing and
spinnaker - large, triangular and most often symmetrical flown from the
mast in the front of all other sails and the forestay is used for sailing
stem - the most forward vertical structure on the boat
stern - the after part of the boat
tiller - a bar or handle for turning a boats rudder or an outboard motor
transom - the flat or sometimes curved terminating structure of the hull
that helps to keep the boat level.