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Yachts Worldwide is a boat Resource site with Yacht / Boat related Products & Services.

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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.

Yacht 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.

When 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.

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