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Jet Ski Terms

Jet Ski Terms

Below you will find user submited Terms and How-to information for Jet Ski. Tips are displayed based on reader popularity, so make sure to vote for your favorite Terms!

AGROUND
This is what you call it if your watercraft is making contact with the bottom of the water

BEAM
The width of a vessel at its widest point

BOW
The front of the watercraft

CAPSIZE
When the watercraft flips on its side or completely upside down. Not a good thing.

COURSE
The direction a watercraft is moved through the water

DOCK
Where you secure a watercraft

DOWNCURRENT
The direction that the current is flowing

DRAFT
How deep the water needs to be to float a watercraft

EMBARK
To go on board a vessel or Jet Ski.

FENDERS
This is a cushioning device that is used to prevent damage. It is placed between watercraft or between a vessel and a dock

FORWARD
Towards the bow (front of the watercraft)

GIVE-WAY VESSEL
The watercraft that is required to keep away from other vessels by either stopping, slowing, or changing course

GUNWALE (PRONOUNCED GUNNEL)
The upper edge of a vessel's side

HULL
The shell structure of the watercraft

LANYARD
A cord that is used for fastening

LEEWARD
Downwind (the direction the wind is blowing)

LOA (LENGHT OVERALL)
The length of the hull without anything attatched to it

MARINA
A place that offers commercial services for water vessels

MOOR
When you keep a vessel stationary by either using an anchor or tying it to something

PIER
A structure that goes into the water from the shore that watercraft can dock at

PORT
The left side of a watercraft

STAND-ON VESSEL
The watercraft that maintains its course and velocity (unless the give-way boat is not doing what is should be to avoid collision)

STARBOARD
The right side of a watercraft

STEERING CONTROL
The way you control the steering nozzle on a PWC

STEERING NOZZLE
The device on PWC that is used to direct the stream of water to the right or left, steering the watercraft

STERN
The back of a watercraft

UNDERWAY
The vessel is moving through the water

UPSTREAM
The opposite direction that the current is flowing

VESSEL
Any type of vehicle that can be used to move on water

WAKE
The waves that watercraft create as it moves through the water




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