Boat & Equipment Terminology
Paddle: A paddle held in the hands, not attached to the boat, used to paddle. Can be single-bladed (for rafting and canoeing) or double-bladed (for kayaking, solo cats, inflatable kayaks)
Paddle Boat: A raft with a crew of paddlers and a guide.
Oar: A long blade, attached to the boat by an oarlock on thole pin, and used to row.
Oar Rig: A boat rigged with oars, so one person sitting in the center of the boat can row.
Stern Rig, Paddle Assist: An oar/paddle boat, in which the guide has oars and frame in the stern, and thecrew, sitting forward, has paddles. Ofen used on high water.
Bow: The front of the boat.
Stern: The rear of the boat.
Duckie, Inflatable Kayak, Funyak, Splashyak: A one or two person inflatable boat, usually paddled with double bladed paddles.
Cataraft: An inflatable boat with two pontoons.
Solo Cat: A one-person cataraft paddled with a double-bladed paddle.
Hoopi: Tubular webbing used for multiple purposes in rigging and preparing boats. Some into Colorado Whitewater Rafting do not know this term.
Carabiner: A clip, used to secure items into the boat, and to construct safety and rescue systems.
Wet Suit: A neoprene rubber suit which allows a small amount of water in, to help retain body heat.
Dry Suit: A suit designed to keep all water out, under which any amount of layered clothing can be worn.
Day Bag: A bag for keeping gear in on the river, to help keep things dry (but probably not 100%)
Life Jacket: A personal floatation device, coast guard approved, and worn like a vest.