The terms boat and yacht are sometimes considered synonymous in the English language – both are boats and both are marine vessels. The term boat covers a wide variety of watercraft since it is used as the generic name. However, ask a yacht owner and they will tell you that a yacht is a special kind of boat made for pleasure cruising.
Can you differentiate a boat from a yacht? Here are a few helpful tips:
Boat – A boat is basically a small craft designed to carry anything-from people to animals and cargo- across a body of water such as a lake or sea. The term boat is usually used as a generic term for any marine vessel. A boat can refer to a motorized watercraft, for example a speedboat or it can also be as basic as a dinghy. Its sole purpose is to float and serve as a means of transportation on water.
The term can refer to a vessel that is motorized or not motorized and either used for work, such as in the case of a fisherman or water police, or for recreational purposes such as weekend fishing or relaxing.
A boat can either be a dinghy, row boat, fishing boat, or sailing boat and they can be quite large, but are usually more practical than luxurious.
Yacht – There is a certain type of boat that has been designed for recreational or leisure purposes. This is the yacht, a high end watercraft built for luxury and for the affluent. Today, a yacht is a connotation of wealth since most of the people who own a yacht belong to the rich and famous. But what people may not know is that this vessel was invented and first used by the Dutch to hunt pirates, thus the name (yacht was derived from the Dutch word Jacht which means hunt).
A yacht is normally a larger and much more luxurious sea vessel than a boat. Tell the owner of a yacht that they have a boat and they are likely to take offense. Yachts are not generally used for commercial purposes, but are luxury recreational vessels. They can either be sailing yachts or power boat yachts.
There are a couple of different styles of yacht that can be differentiated: a regular yacht starts at about 34 feet, a mega yacht is more than 100 feet and a super yacht is any yacht that is longer than 200 feet.