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mtvessl posted 08-26-2003 06:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for mtvessl   Send Email to mtvessl  

I am an aspiring screenwriter and i've just completed a rough draft of a screenplay that takes place on a 31' Boston Whaler in the Louisiana Bayou. Many of the events and locations are based on an actual trip I took on last May... but I am ignorant of much nautical terminology... and proper "boating lingo."

For example... at the back of the boat/cock pit there is a wooden platform. you can step out onto it by opening the "door" at the back of the cockpit. Is this called a "transom"? or a "shower platform?" or what?

Another example... what is the "bedroom" called... a "stateroom?" And what is the seat in the galley called? It's big enough for someone to sleep on.... is it just called a seat?

I would appreciated any help I can get... post replies here.. or email me directly at



P.S. I have plenty of other questions too.

BillB posted 08-26-2003 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for BillB  Send Email to BillB     
My usual deal for consultation on this type of project is $3,000 per day plus a Screen credit. ;)

Seeing that your only "aspiring" and probably can't afford me I'll point you to a useful link.


mtvessl posted 08-26-2003 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for mtvessl  Send Email to mtvessl     
muchas gracias...
Buckda posted 08-26-2003 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Another excellent resource that you should consider purchasing as a "research" expense is a copy of Chapman's Piloting - this is "the Boatman's Bible" and will provide you with more than enough information and terminology to make your screenplay believable and accurate.

Jimm posted 08-26-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Also try this one:

hooter posted 08-27-2003 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Really, for the movie you is contemplatin' they ain't a better resource available than Yours Truly! For beer and sausages, Ah'll come spend a weekend or two at the studious location o'your choosin', and give that screen play a thorough goin' over. For a few examples, down here we call that platform off the back side o'the boat a plank and we feed alligators off it. That li'l bunkhouse up front o'the boat is called a cuddy cabin unless it's got mirrors on the ceilin'. Then we calls it somethin' vulgar that Ah'll repeat only in low tones and in person; would be good in the movie, though. That seat in the cuddy we usually refer to as the throne or the library, as under it there's an ingeniously disguised li'l crapper. No kiddin'!So give me a date and Ah'll be a comin'. Don't want money, as Ah's plenty enough already and more'd just go to liquor and waste. Ah just wants a bit o' fame, ok? And a seat next to Sigourney Weaver at the Oscars, when the time comes.
mtvessl posted 08-27-2003 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for mtvessl  Send Email to mtvessl     

...i'll see what I can do (about Sigourney). Actually, you sound a lot like one of the characters in my script. If you email me directly I may have some specific questions just for you.

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