FACTS ABOUT YACHTS

Function

A yacht functions as a leisure vehicle and a travel vehicle. Many yachters enjoy using their craft while it is docked just as much as they do to get from one place to another.

Size

The size of yachts vary, and different sized models have different classifications. Your typical yacht will be between 40 and 100 feet, a mega yacht will be between 100 and 200 feet, and a super yacht is any yacht over 200 feet.

Types

There are two main types of yachts: sailing yachts and motor yachts. These can be further classified into racing yachts and cruising yachts.

History

A yacht was originally used by the Dutch navy as a small boat that was meant to catch pirates. Charles II used it as his own personal vessel, and since then the word has been applied to luxury boats and are often linked to important people.

Materials

Yachts were made out of wood, mostly, up until the 1950s. Since then, they have been constructed out of various materials, including aluminum, steel, veneers and plywood.

Definition

Boat used for sport and recreation, powered by sail or motor. Sailing yachts, which are usually fore and aft rigged, vary from 6m (20ft) to more than 30m (98ft) long and include cutters, schooners, ketches, sloops, and yawls.