The Parts of a Boat

Before you start the process of constructing your wooden boat, it is crucial to have a basic understanding of the major sections of a boat and the purpose each part serves.

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1. Bow

This is the front part of the boat.

2. Stern

The rear end of the boat.

3. Hull

The boat’s main body. This is the part where passengers sit.

4. Keel

A flat protrusion sticking out from the bottom part of the hull. It is also referred to as the boat’s backbone and its main purpose is to provide stability by ensuring the boat does not tip over when it encounters waves.

5. Mast

A tall post made of wood or steel that is vertically erected on the boat’s hull. The mast holds wind sails that propel the boat forward using wind power.