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Old 21-04-2014, 13:25   #16
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Re: Class of Boats

Originally Posted by SkiprJohn View Post
Not according to the the dictionary or wikipedia.
Well John, you will note that I said in places like OZ, NZ and the UK.

In my copy of the Oxfod Australian English dictionary, the primary definition of "yacht" is: a light sailing vessel.


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Re: Class of Boats

Skiprjohn actually I was wondering about it and I do intend to call my boat a catamaran or my boat ... And the reason for my question was to hear from the long time sailors and delivery captain as well when you would change the calling from boat,ship, yacht to mega yacht and so on hope you get my point

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Old 21-04-2014, 14:25   #18
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Mike, Call the thing a catamaran and everyone will know what you are talking about.
They will? They won't know whether it's power or sail.
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Old 21-04-2014, 14:39   #19
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Most boat terms have no specific meaning so itís best to further describe them.
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Old 21-04-2014, 14:56   #20
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Re: Class of Boats

Context matters hugely and you have to consider both dictionary definitions and popular connotations in different areas.

The same vessel might be a "yacht" when you are talking to ships or customs officials, or looking for a harbor for pleasure vessels, but your spouse might call it "that g$d#$!ned boat" and it may feel it a bit more like a ship when you have to pay the haulout bill or do the bottom. It turns into a little boat again when you get into big seas. And you might want to try to convince the tax authorities that it's only a dinghy.

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