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Old 12-06-2012
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Re: Yacht and Boat

A yacht is a pleasure craft, motor or sail, does not matter.

Pleasure meaning it's not used:
for transport to a bigger vessel
for fishing or crabbing and whatnot
to carry cargo
for diving
to transport of passengers
for work

Size, as we all know, does not matter.

Otherwise it's a ship or a dink or a boat or a skiff or a ferry or a... Let's not go there
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Re: Yacht and Boat

I know a guy who brags about takeing the ladies out on his yacth on sunny summer days ,the reason he wont work much in the summer. His yacht is a 12'' aluminum boat with a 10 hp motor. go figure.
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Re: Yacht and Boat

A yacht is defined as a pleasure craft and in the US, it is commonly a luxury craft or one kept in exceptional condition, where you'd expect polished brightwork and perhaps a crew with blazers.

A ship is usually defined as a vessel over 100' overall length while a boat is under 100'. Boats are carried aboard ships (as in lifeboats) but not vice-versa.

And then there are "electric boats" as in submarines. A submarine is always a boat, even if it is a hundred meters long.

Some of the differences may be specified in code or regulations, others are traditional. And from a similar quesiton posted elsewhere this week, apparently the terms simply canot be translated into some other languages and contexts, like German, at all.
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Re: Yacht and Boat

boat= bring on another thousand
yacht= you always catch higher taxes
ship= severely high in price
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Re: Yacht and Boat

You start out in the morning trying to get the dam boat started, so you break out a beer and fix a few things and then you get it started. Every one climbs aboard the boat and you are of to go boating. if the boat stays running all day and you have a "fine day at sea", then on the way back into the marina you break open the wine and cocktails as the people on the shore watch you move past on your Yacht. You slide the Yacht into the slip and make your way to the Yacht club for some more fine cocktails. If you did not have such a "fine day at sea" then you tie the dam boat back to the dam dock and head for the dam Bar for dam Drink.
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Re: Yacht and Boat

My opinion:
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Re: Yacht and Boat

In bygone days the Oxford English Dictionary defined Yacht as "a sailing vessel used exclusively for private pleasure".

Nowadays when one hears the word used it usually refers to huge motorboats.

Sailors are far too modest and sophisticated to refer to their own boats as such.

When I had my first 20 footer, my friends & I referred to a daysail on the bay as a "yachting excursion", tongues firmly in cheek.

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My friend, who is from Guernsey, always refers to my 20 footer as a 'yacht'. I always chuckle thinking he is serious, but that is just how he has always referred to sailboats.
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