Design terms

2019-07-15T13:34:47+00:00 July 3rd, 2019|Design, Maintenance|0 Comments

Terminology for the different parts of a boat can be confusing. For instance when someone says ceiling… that’s not the inside of the cabin top – that would be the deckhead.  A ceiling is the inboard lining (usually of slats or light planks) covering the frames in the cabin. And a floor is a structural timber… don’t confuse that with the cabin sole…

John Perryman presents an illustrated guide to such terminology.


The cod’s head/mackerel tail profile of many traditional boats was thought to be an efficient shape for speed through the water

Hull profiles – plank on edge yachts were a Victorian idea

Types of bow shapes in section looking down from above












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