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What is a Yacht
A yacht is a high
end recreational boat. The term designates two rather different
classes of watercraft, sailing and power
boats. Yachts are different from working ships mainly by their
leisure purpose, and it was not until the rise of the steamboat
and other types of powerboat that sailing vessels in general
came to be perceived as luxury, or recreational vessels.
lengths generally range from 20 feet (6 m) up to hundreds of
feet. A luxury craft smaller than 40 feet is
more commonly called a cabin cruiser or simply "cruisers." A
mega yacht generally refers to any yacht (sail or power) above
100 ft (34 m) and a super yacht generally refers to any yacht
over 200 ft (70 m).
The typical cruising speed for a motor yacht is
within the 20 knot range with average weight conditions and sea
state. Top speeds can be between 25 and 30 knots, depending on
the model of the motor yacht. Higher cruise and top end speeds
are available on some models, especially those designed for racing.
considering buying a yacht, it is generally
best to purchase a smaller one first. A larger motor
yacht can cost as much as several million dollars.
Until the 1950s, almost all yachts were made of
wood or steel, but a much wider range of materials are used today.
Although wood hulls are still in production, the most common
construction material is fibreglass, followed by aluminium, steel,
carbon fiber, and ferrocement (rarer because of insurance difficulties).
The use of wood has changed and is no longer limited to traditional
board-based methods, but also include modern products such as
plywood, veneers and epoxy resins. Wood is mostly used by hobbyists
or wooden boat purists when building an individual boat.