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928frenzy 06-18-2002 07:47 AM

Definition of "Yacht"
My wife and daughter asked, "When is a sailboat a yacht? Does the word "yacht" apply to a particular size, or level of accomodation, or design?" I didn''t know the answer, so I''m relaying these questions to the collective wisdom of this forum.

BTW, I thought if the boat has a galley, a permanent head, and sleeping space for the whole family, then most likely it could be called a "yacht".

~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~

Sailmc 06-18-2002 07:53 AM

Definition of "Yacht"
A "Yacht" is any boat bigger than yours.

DonFoley 06-18-2002 09:27 AM

Definition of "Yacht"
I think a lot of people are going to think of a yacht in varying terms.

Here''s mine.

A yacht is a recreational boat (you don''t see a lot of shrimp yachts or cargo yachts) and size does count, but where? So sure, toss in a requirement for a galley, head and a berth (that''ll keep Sunfish from being ''yachts). Some say the minimum size for a ''yacht'' is 35'', but I''ve seen some Flickas below 30'' that I''d call proper yachts, so I''d keep anything out that was trailerable.

Remember, this is ONLY an opinion. If you want to call your Macgregor 26 a yacht, go ahead.

mikehoyt 06-18-2002 09:47 AM

Definition of "Yacht"
Well I am curious as well. So I looked up the definition in Webster''s dictionary.

A light and elegantly furnished vessel, used either for private parties of pleasure, or as a vessel of state to convey distinguished persons from one place to another; a seagoing vessel used only for pleasure trips, racing, etc.

So I guess if you race and you can call ypour boat seagoing it is a yacht. Now all you have to define is what is seagoing ...

Jeff_H 06-18-2002 09:50 AM

Definition of "Yacht"
All romance aside, the term ''Yacht'' simply applies to any pleasure craft of any size. As a term in proper nautical use it is solely a way of distinguishing between working craft and pleasure craft. Coloquially it has taken on a lot of baggage but that has little relevance to the actual proper marine definition.


Sailormon6 06-18-2002 11:35 AM

Definition of "Yacht"
I agree with the definition of Jeff H. For over 20 years, the definition I have seen used by sailing texts has been, simply, "any pleasure boat." But, dictionary definitions change. Contemporary definitions, which are compiled by linguists, rather than by sailors, seem to suggest that small pleasure boats are not yachts. I think that is an elitist distinction that most sailors would find repugnant. I prefer to think that all pleasure boats are yachts, and if I want to distinguish them, size-wise, I can refer to them as small yachts, medium-sized yachts, and large yachts. If any linguists are tuned into the forum, leave our nautical lingo alone. It might seem antiquated to you, but we like it just as it is.

dpierce 06-18-2002 02:39 PM

Definition of "Yacht"
A yacht is the one you can''t afford <g>.

garyp 06-18-2002 09:22 PM

Definition of "Yacht"
A "yacht" costs a lot.
My sharpie ain''t no yacht. But she sure knows how to sing.

KenD 06-20-2002 08:21 AM

Definition of "Yacht"
I think the Coasties refer to a yacht as any pleasure vessel over 26 feet the heavy cruiser I was on was definity not a yacht

piko 07-18-2002 04:35 PM

Definition of "Yacht"
My West Wight potter is definately a pocket yacht. Peter Stephens P19 LaLiLa

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