Sailors have a unique language all their own: On a boat, the front isn’t called the front. It’s the “bow”. The back of the boat’s the “stern”. The “port” side is on the left and the “starboard” side is on the right, but only if you’re facing the bow – if you’re facing the stern, it’s the opposite. Below decks, the “head” is the toilet because it used to be located at the front of the boat, which was the head but is now the bow. The kitchen’s the “galley”, the living room’s a “salon” (or “saloon” if you’re British), we sleep in a “cabin” where we have a “berth”. And when a boat’s in a boatyard, it’s “on the hard”.
Why? Because the ground is hard and so is life when a boat’s sitting on it.
Alot of our personal comfort depends on the boat being in the water. When we’re at anchor, the bow points up to the wind and a nice breeze flows through – it’s Mother Nature’s air conditioning. Right now the boat is parked with the wind off our stern quarter, so it’s having a difficult time finding its way inside.
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