Well, if you have intentionally blocked the memory of that singular event perhaps you can recall a moment when you were confronted with information that might as well have been in Chinese for all you could understand.
We've all been there at one point. For you new boaters out there, you might be experiencing this phenomenon lately. The boating world, just like any other, is chock full of its own vocabulary which may sound senseless to some. Here are some of the most basic terms you will need to know to feel more comfortable with boating. Once you've mastered these, check out the boating rules of the road and you'll practically be a boat master!
Aft: the same direction as the stern faces. Example: The aft berth is the most comfortable.
Amidships: located in the middle of the boat. Example: There is room for your stuff amidships in the cabin.
Beam: the widest part of the boat. Example: I wish we had a berth in the middle of the beam so I didn't feel so squished when I slept.
Berth: a bed or other accommodations meant for sleeping. Example: Go on down and put your bags on the berth.
Bow: the front end of the boat. Example: The anchor is located at the bow.
Cabin: a room designed for passengers to gather. Example: Meet me in the cabin.
Cockpit: the room or area where the boat's steering controls are, a.k.a. the bridge. Example: My binoculars are in the cockpit.
Draft: the greatest depth of the boat. Example: Do you know how shallow it gets over there? My draft is 5 feet, I don't want to run aground.
Galley: food preparation area. Example: Head to the galley for breakfast.
Forward: the same direction as the bow faces. Example: Forward in the cabin there should be a stack of clean towels, bring me one please.
Head: the toilet/bathroom. Example: I'll be right back, I need the head.
Port: when facing the bow, port is the left side of the boat and the area beyond. Example: There are some pretty big fish off the port side.
Salon: the living room area. Example: Tonight there will be board games in the salon.
Settee: bench seating. Example: I left a blanket on the settee, can you grab it for me?
Stateroom: a bedroom. Example: No children are allowed in the stateroom.
Starboard: when facing the bow, starboard is the right side of the boat and the area beyond. Example: Watch out for the jet skis on your starboard side.
Stern: the back end of the boat. Example: Hurry, head to the stern and you might see some dolphins.
V-berth: a bed that comes to a point at one end, located at the bow. Example: the v-berth is never very comfortable to sleep in.