# An important part of the boat

1. Apr 29, 2005

### Jimmy Snyder

When seen from the left side of the boat it goes toward the rear.
When seen from the right side of the boat it goes toward the front.
When seen from behind the boat it goes toward the right side.
What is it?

2. Apr 29, 2005

### Rahmuss

The sail, or the bench?

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3. Apr 29, 2005

### nnnnnnnn

the sun? ..

4. Apr 29, 2005

### Jimmy Snyder

No and no. If you really think you have the right answer, you should color it white as follows:

But without the space between [ and C. Does someone know the right way to escape the initial [?

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5. Apr 29, 2005

### AKG

The boat, heading towards its own right side.

6. Apr 29, 2005

### Jimmy Snyder

Nope. Try again?

7. Apr 29, 2005

### matthyaouw

when you say it goes to the rear/front/right, are you talking relative to the boat, or to the observer?

8. Apr 29, 2005

### Huckleberry

The propeller? The shaft that it connects to?

9. Apr 29, 2005

### Jimmy Snyder

Relative to the boat.

10. Apr 29, 2005

### BicycleTree

11. Apr 29, 2005

### gerben

Starboard?

12. Apr 29, 2005

### marcus

13. Apr 29, 2005

### BicycleTree

Aw, that's a good one, but it would suck if that's the answer because which way you are facing does not depend on which side of the boat you're on.

14. Apr 29, 2005

### Huckleberry

Great answer marcus. Does it have to be a part of the boat? If not, then marcus has a correct answer.

15. Apr 29, 2005

### JamesU

Wow, someone in the brainteasers forum actually replies to responses

16. Apr 29, 2005

### Jimmy Snyder

Nope. It's a part of the boat.

As I reread it, I see that even though the riddle is perfectly ok the way I wrote it, what I meant was slightly different than what I wrote.

What I really meant is when you are standing to the left of the boat, you see it going toward the rear, when you are standing to the right of the boat, you see it going toward the front, and when you are standing behind the boat, you see it going toward the right.

Here's a small hint (but not much help). It doesn't move relative to the boat.

17. Apr 29, 2005

### Huckleberry

Is it a sailing ship?
Why do I get the feeling that the answer will be disappointing.
--->The jib?<---

18. Apr 29, 2005

### DaveC426913

The correct answer: The name / ID number!

19. Apr 29, 2005

### Huckleberry

LOL, I like it.

20. Apr 30, 2005

### Jimmy Snyder

Of course you are right. Congratulations.