Bow and Stern, Port and Starboard

These are terms relating to a boat and the positions in and around it.




North, South, East and West

Although bearings are usually given in degrees, measured clockwise from North, direction can also be given using points of the compass:

  • North,
  • North by East,
  • North North East,
  • North East by North,
  • North East,
  • North East by East, etc.

Naming all thirty two points, in order, clockwise from North, is called boxing the compass.


Compass Card