The trailboards are a pair of boards that may be found at the bow of certain sailing vessels, where they run from the figurehead or billethead back to or towards the hawsepipe. They are in the main decorative, though they often bear the name of the ship; they vary in decoration styles.

The bow of the German schooner SS Amphitrite, showing trailboards running from the billethead to the hawsepipe


  • "Terminology from the Age of Sail: Trailboard". The Art of the Age of Sail.
  • "Modelling the USS Constitution: Outer Hull Details".