Dumb Question: What does AFT mean?

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#2
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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No question is dumb. Only those that we do not ask, for then we shall never know. Aft refers to the back end of the ship. School is over for today. Enjoy.. Deb
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There are no dumb questions here--ask anything, we are happy to help!

The aft is the back of the ship, and in my opinion, the best place to have a cabin. Others may disagree because there is a little more motion and noise from the thusters, but I LOVE the view.
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#4
New York, NY, USA
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The front of the ship is referred to as "fore". The rear is "aft". As you face the front of the ship, the left side is "port" and the right side is "starboard".
#5
Orange County, California
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Joined Aug 2004
Not to be too technical, but "fore" (or forward) and "aft" are directions, not places. The "bow" and the "stern" are the names of the actual places on the boat. So you would walk "aft" to get to a "stern" balcony cabin. And yes, they are great!
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Originally posted by Fairsailing
Not to be too technical, but "fore" (or forward) and "aft" are directions, not places. The "bow" and the "stern" are the names of the actual places on the boat. So you would walk "aft" to get to a "stern" balcony cabin. And yes, they are great!

But a stern balcony would be aft facing. The best view on the ship. Booked the Dawn for 06 just to lock up one of the 2 BA aft facing cabins.
#7
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Joined Sep 2001
Aft is back of the ship, is also referred to fantail. Does anyone know why?

Fantail: the overhanging part of a ship's stern, a term used particularly in the case of large yachts and passenger liners. Although the correct word for the stern overhang of all ships, it is not often used in this connection except in the U.S.A. It has not quite the same meaning as counter, but comes very close to it. [The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea, Kemp, editor, 1976, Oxford University Press]

Fantail: The aftermost part of a ship, usually of the main deck; at the extreme stern. This word is believed to be purely American, from the early days of elliptical (fan-shaped) sterns, the mid XIX. [Origins of Sea Terms, John G. Rogers, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., 1985 (2nd ed.)]
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On an American aircraft carrier the fantail is the on the stern area of the hanger deck.
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