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How to Remember Port & Starboard

Many new boaters struggle with remembering which side of the boat is Port and which is Starboard.

Captain Vinnie explains the easiest way to remember is by the number of letters in each word. Port, is the left side of the boat when facing forward. Both port and left have four letters, so

P-O-R-T = L-E F-T

That leaves starboard as the right side of the boat when facing forward.


Don’t worry, after some time using the trick you’ll become so familiar with using Port and Starboard, it will become second-nature.

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