In the yachting industry, you may come across various words, phrases, and acronyms that are commonly used. This is a supplement to the original PYT page, “Marine & Yachting Definitions”. Here are some examples:

  1. Charter: Refers to the process of renting a yacht for a specific period. A charter involves hiring the yacht, along with its crew, for recreational purposes.
  2. Owner: The individual or entity that owns the yacht.
  3. Broker: A professional who acts as an intermediary between yacht owners and potential charter clients, facilitating the chartering or sale of yachts.
  4. Captain: The person in charge of the yacht’s overall operations, responsible for navigation, safety, and managing the crew.
  5. Crew: The team of professionals working on board the yacht, including the captain, deckhands, engineers, steward/esses, chefs, etc.
  6. Port: A designated location where yachts can dock, load/unload passengers, and receive necessary services and provisions.
  7. Starboard: The right side of the yacht when facing forward (opposite of port).
  8. Aft: The rear or back section of the yacht.
  9. Bow: The front or forward section of the yacht.
  10. Super yacht: A term used to describe large, luxurious yachts typically exceeding 80 feet (24 meters) in length.
  11. LOA: Length Overall. It refers to the total length of the yacht, including any extensions, such as swim platforms or bowsprits.
  12. Beam: The maximum width of the yacht.
  13. Tender: A smaller boat used for transportation between the yacht and shore. It can also be used for recreational activities.
  14. Galley: The kitchen area on board the yacht.
  15. Stateroom: A private cabin or suite for guests or the owner on the yacht.
  16. Bridge: The control center of the yacht, where the navigation and communication equipment are located.
  17. VHF: Very High Frequency. It refers to a type of radio communication equipment commonly used in the yachting industry for short-range communication.
  18. AIS: Automatic Identification System. It is a tracking system used by vessels to exchange information about their position, speed, and course to avoid collisions.
  19. PWC: Personal Watercraft. Refers to jet skis, wave runners, or similar small watercraft used for recreational purposes.
  20. MARPOL: International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. It sets standards for minimizing pollution from ships, including yachts.

These are just a few examples, and there are many more words, phrases, and acronyms used in the yachting industry. Familiarizing yourself with these terms can help you navigate conversations and better understand the industry’s specific language.