BoatWiki - Definitions
Apr 26, 2023 - Starboard in boating terms refers to anything related to the right hand side of a boat when facing forward. It is known as the starboard side as opposed to the portside.
Although starboard typically relates to the physical aspects of a boat, it can also mean anything from a directional perspective relative to the right hand side as facing forward. Such references are independent of a mariner’s orientation. As a result, mariners use these nautical terms instead of left and right to avoid confusion.
The terms port and starboard side of a boat are particularly relevant with regard to navigational aids and related instrumentations. A catchy phrase for differentiating portside from starboard is to think about having "left the port".
Knowing the difference between starboard and portside is of utmost importance to any boater.
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