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Basic Personal Watercraft Terminology

After (aft) Toward the back of the boat
Bow The front end of the boat
Danger Zone An arc of 112.5 degrees measured from dead ahead toward the stern, on the starboard side of the boat
Deck Any permanent covering over a compartment
Draft The depth of the boat below the waterline
Forward Toward the front of the boat
Hull The body of a boat
Port The left side of a boat when you are aboard and facing the bow
Starboard The right side of a boat when you are aboard and facing the bow
Safety Lanyard The cut off switch which must be attached to the operator
Steerable Nozzle A device for directing a stream of water to left or right
Steering control The device designed for "driving" the personal watercraft
Stern The rear end of the boat
Throttle The speed control regulating the amount of fuel delivered to the engine
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