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post #11 of 29 Old 05-06-2008
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"My good man...perhaps you would care to step aboard my yacht to discuss this matter. I say...I do believe the sun is below the yard-arm. May I offer you some refreshment? Hmmmm...
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Gee Cam- I knew Perry designed some boats that look like tugs, but you've got yard-arms???? Must be why they had to build that thing in N. Korea.

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I'm 3/4 ship and 1/4 boat. I've got a s***!
What he said.

Except I'd never say that about my bhip.
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If we're at dock or anchor, it's a boat, but if I hit you, it's a ship. People ask me why, when I'm at the end of a finger, I have fenders on the "sea" side. They think I'm afraid of getting hit. I reply: "No, I'm afraid the dock cleats might fail, and my boat will crush three or four plastic jobs before it hits the far wall."

Yep, ship.

(I got mostly Cs and a couple of Ds...I actually need to use radio in certain conditions to talk to the bow...)
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I have a ship, (or does the ship have me?) albeit a small one, but the biggest I can sail singlehanded.


Use your head, ram the wall till it falls.
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There's a simple explaination of the difference between a ship and a boat; I think it is from old nautical terminology. Of course this definition has probably changed with time since ships have become bigger; but for the most part it still holds true.

A Boat is a vessel that can be carried aboard a Ship.

A Ship is a vessel that cannot be carried aboard another Ship.

So unless you are sailing something like the Maltese Falcon; I think you own a boat. Even large ~100' or larger vessels can be carried aboard a transport ship; but again that is because ships have become much bigger than they were ~200 years ago.
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My little 27' seems to be somewhere between a boat and a ship. But I thought too many questions lacked an answer between b&c. For example question 10.
10. Finally, what do you do if you run aground?
a. Get out and wade.
b. Push off with a paddle or boat hook
c. Check the tide table, try backing off, rig a kedge anchor
d. Notify your license insurance company and hire a lawyer.

Where is release the sails and start outboard and back off?

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It is actually a very simple equation. You have a boat when you store items or measure it.
A ship when you pay for it
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A submarine is always a boat.

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According to the USCG a ship is no less than 65'. Caon Tom
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