Anatomy of a Sailboat Part 3 – Below

Anatomy of a Sailboat - Part 3 - Below, Anatomy of a Sailboat Part 3 – Below
Anatomy of a Sailboat - Part 3 - Below, Anatomy of a Sailboat Part 3 – Below


Anatomy of a Sailboat Part 3 – Below

Learning a boat means learning an entirely new alphabet, as nearly every single item below has a completely different name than it does on shore! 

I’ll just show you some of the main parts, and please post your questions and comments below! 

Below, not… downstairs. Below.
Sole – the floor
Overhead – the ceiling

Bulkhead – the walls
Settee – sofa

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Cabin – the bedroom

We’ll start with an easy one – aft cabin, bunk. Not bed or bedroom.

Aft cabin and vanity table.

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V Berth

Forward cabin – V-berth; shaped like a V; often has an insert this end of the “vee” – on a really small boat, there might even be a head hidden beneath those two pillows…

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Galley – the kitchen

Galley. As in … galley slave! Basin (we don’t say that other word – it’s bad luck.) and stove.

This sailboat even has a hood over the propane stove, an oven, to the left is a dish drying cabinet – see the plates in there?

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Galley – the kitchen

Galley. Everything in cabinets and drawers that latch so things aren’t flying around.

Also has a microwave that runs off shore power or the generator, and even a coffee machine that uses those little capsules.

Below that is a deep freeze built into the counter on the left.

The black area below is a freezer on the left, and a fridge on the right.

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Head – the bathroom

Aft head with shower separate from toilet.


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Head – the bathroom

Forward head with shower to the right – separate from toilet.


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Nav Station

Chart table, VHF radio, tank indicators, air conditioning controls, and mini-electrical panel of the most-used items; water pressure, running lights, bilge pump and more.

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Panels

Closer view of the mini electrical panel. Shore power items to the right, house battery items to the left.

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Shore Power Panel

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House Battery Panel

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House Batteries

House and starter battery switches, electric winch circuit breaker, windlass circuit breaker.

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More Panels

House and Shore power electrical panels.

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Salon – the Living Room

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Engine Room

Engine room, halon extinguisher, generator and engine fuel separators, water filters.

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Engine “Room.”

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Engine Room Oil Discharge Plaque

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Thru Hull Fittings

Through hull fittings; forward head macerator, head basin discharge, speed and depth transducers.

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Transducer

Cleaning off the speed transducer. Plugs ready to replace plug with mechanical wheel during servicing.

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Thru Hull Fitting Levers

Closer view of transducers and thru-hull fittings. Do you know “open” from “closed?”

During a new-to-me-boat checkout, I like to start bow to stern on deck, then bow to stern aloft, then bow to stern below. For this series, Part 1 is On Deck, Part 2 is Aloft, and Part 3 is Below.

What to Read Next: Cleaning Your Boat’s Speed Impeller

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I Don’t Go Anywhere Without:

  • North American Rescue CAT tourniquets.
  • PierShare to rent your dock out or rent a dock.
  • BoatUS for your boat towing insurance! Code: “HEWAF88”
  • Thank you Bill for being the Best Sailing Partner EVER!
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