Whether cruising with family and friends or enjoying an adventurous sailing trip, yachts can offer everything you need for the perfect holiday. Before stepping board, it can be useful to familarise yourself with the parts of a yacht to understand the language and terminology used by the crew onboard, and to appreciate how these impressive vessels work. From the keel to the sails, it's important to understand the anatomy of any vessel before setting out on a chartering journey.
The Parts of a Yacht - An Overview
Understanding the parts of a yacht not only improves your sailing experience but will also increase your appreciation of these powerful vessels. A standard yacht has several key parts, including a stern, hull, and bow. The stern, or aft, refers to the back the yacht, sometimes accompanied by a swim platform. On the other end of the vessel, the bow refers to the front of the yacht. The part of the yacht that floats in the water is referred to as the hull. Most traditional yachts have one hull, however catamarans are typically ‘multi-hull' having two points of contact with the sea.
Mischief superyacht was designed with an iconic French navy hull and white boot stipe.
Hulls – Materials and Design
As hulls are one of the largest components of a yacht, it is important that the design is intentional to withstand the elements on the ocean. The material that is it constructed of varies depending on the vessels size and intended use; it is common to see hulls made from wood, steel, or composite materials. Hulls play a crucial role is ensuring stability on board and a smooth journey as conditions on the ocean can vary.
Bridge & Bridge Deck
Port Side & Starboard Side
These terms refer to the left and right sides of a yacht; Port side refers to the left side, while starboard side is the right. A helpful tip is to remember the saying “there is a little bit of port left in the bottle.” This terminology is often used by crew in order to effectively communicate with their team in order to avoid accidents and safely navigate the seas, so you will likely hear these terms onboard your stay.
Lady Pamela’s large swim platform ideal for fishing or setting off paddleboarding.
Yacht Main Salon and Swim Platform
There is plenty of fun to be had in these two areas of a yacht. The main salon refers to the main living room onboard and is a space where yacht designers can showcase their personality in the design. Often featuring plush seating, stylish decor and high-end entertaining systems, guests can comfortably enjoy downtime relaxing and socialising in this area. The swim platform is exactly what it sounds like; it offers a convenient way to jump in to cool off and enjoy the water. When you feel it’s time to take a dip, the swim platform is the perfect spot to soak up the sun, enjoy the available watertoys, dip your feet in the ocean, or take a refreshing dive or snorkel in the sea.
All of these elements are thoughtfully designed by experts across the world to construct the magnificent yachts that we know and love. We encourage you to experience our favourite vessels for yourself through luxury yacht hire to appreciate the impressive design and craftsmanship. Our team is here to help you plan your dream holiday on board today.contact us!