Boating terminology A pleasure craft means a boat, a ship, a vessel, or any other description of a water craft that is used exclusively for pleasure, and does not carry passengers or goods for hire, reward, remuneration or any object of profit. A power driven vessel means any vessel propelled by machinery. A sailing vessel means any vessel under sail, provided that propelling machinery, if fitted is not being used. Bow: the forward part of a pleasure craft. Stern: the back end of a pleasure craft. Starboard: the right side of a pleasure craft when looking forward. Port: the left side of a pleasure craft looking forward. Draft: the depth of water, which a pleasure craft requires to float freely. It is, therefore, necessary to have deeper water than the draft of the pleasure craft, so that it may easily float, otherwise it may run aground. Waterline: the line marked on the hull of the vessel that separates the submerged section of the vessel from the section above the water level. The waterline must never be submerged. Wake: is the column of water around and behind a moving pleasure craft, which is set into motion by the pleasure craft advancing through the water. Hull: the main body of a vessel, from the deck down. It does not include rigging, superstructure, machinery, or equipment. Freeboard: the distance from the waterline to the upper deck level, measured at the lowest point of sheer, where water can enter the boat or ship. Lifejacket: comes only in red, orange and yellow, in order to make you much more visible while in the water. It has more floating ability than the PFD (personal flotation device), with the added advantage of turning you on your back, even while unconscious. Currently, there are three Canadian-approved types to choose from: Standard type lifejackets, small vessel lifejackets and SOLAS. SOLAS: Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) lifejackets meet very high performance standards and are approved for all vessels. The SOLAS will turn you on your back in seconds to keep your face out of the water, even if you are unconscious. They come in two sizes. They are available in comfortable and compact inflatable configurations that can be automatically, manually or orally inflated. Standard type lifejackets are approved for all vessels, except SOLAS vessels. They will turn you on your back to keep your face out of the water, even if you are unconscious. They are available in a keyhole model and come in two sizes. The standard type lifejacket must be orange, yellow or red, a whistle must be attached to it and it must be of an approved-type. Small vessel lifejackets are approved for small vessels. They have less floating ability than the standard type lifejackets. They will turn you on your back to keep your face out of the water, even if you are unconscious, but may do so more slowly. They come in two models (keyhole and vest) and are available in three sizes.