Connecticut Safe Boating Study Guide

Chapter 1 Review — The Boat

Before proceeding to the quiz, take a moment to review some of the highlights from Chapter 1.


In this chapter, the first topic covered was Boat Terminology. You should be familiar with parts of the boat, such as the gunwalethe upper edge of a vessel's side. and the transomthe cross section of the stern..

It is also important that boat operators know and understand where the port, starboard, bow, and stern are located on a vessel.

  • The port side of a vessel is located on its left hand side
  • The starboard side of a vessel is located on its right hand side
  • The bow is the front part of the vessel, whereas,
  • The stern is the back of the vessel.


Here are some additional terms that boaters should be familiar with before operating a boat:


Remember, boat classes are determined by length. The length of a boat is measured from the outside of the bow to the outside of the stern; this measurement does NOT include any outside attachments such as swim platformslow platform installed at the transom for ease of boarding..

Boat Classes can be broken down into the following:

CLASS A includes vessels less than 16 feet in length.

CLASS 1 includes vessels 16 feet to less than 26 feet in length.

CLASS 2 includes vessels 26 feet to less than 40 feet in length.

CLASS 3 includes vessels 40 feet to less than 65 feet in length.



Boat bottoms or "hulls" come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each hull type is designed to either displace or plane through the water. Smaller powerboats are typically built with planing hulls that are designed to rise up and ride on top of the water at higher speeds than displacement hull boats.

DEEP-V HULLS are usually found on powerboats, allowing them to move through rough water at higher speeds.


MULTI-HULLS which are usually found on catamarans or pontoon boats offer the most stability.


FLAT BOTTOM HULLS are great for fishing but offer less stability.