Excerpts from "A Yacht" found in the Sailor's Sketch Book by Bruce Bingham.
"A yacht is, indeed a boat, but a boat is not necessarily a yacht...."
"I have known many yachts no larger than eighteen feet capable of far outshining boats of much greater sizes...."
"It is the owner who makes a yacht from a boat or, conversely, who makes a boat out of yacht...."
"A yacht announces to those who view her that her owner is proud of her, caters to her appearance and attends to her health
A yacht, however large or small... old or new, tells who and what we are:
caring owners and loving friends, She is the profound expression and extension of ourselves. You'll know her when you see her."
You may refer to your vessel as a yacht, but if she is neglected or mistreated she is a boat.
You may refer to your vessel as a boat, but if she is well tended for, maintained and cared for she is a yacht.