Boat or Yacht?

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Boat or Yacht?

Over the years, I have been asked what the difference is between a “boat” and a “yacht.” For the sake of full disclosure, l have to tell you, I don’t know the actual answer to this question. However, I found out years ago, when raising our kids, that they want answers to the questions they ask, and if you are to keep your status as the supreme knowledge bearer of all things, you need to provide an answer. Having just celebrated by 49th wedding anniversary, I can now tell you that it also worked for many years with my young bride. The key is saying it with absolute authority. But, this I can tell you for sure: when you see a boat like the one pictured above, I am pretty confident in saying, this is a yacht. I guess it is the old duck thing… if it looks like… blah blah blah. Being a curious person, I made an inquiry at the fuel dock to a yacht, as to how many gallons does a boat like this take and how do they pay for it, cash or credit card. Well, the first answer is thousands of gallons. You can do the math at $4 a gallon as to what this comes out to. The second part of the question, how do they pay, is more interesting. First, they make arrangements ahead of time and then, they wire the money. Is this a great country or what?

But, I wouldn’t be a good authority figure if I didn’t give you answer. So, my guess is that when you start going up and over 80 feet you are getting into the yacht world. That said, a number of years ago my wife and I went to see the America’s Cup in Valencia Spain. I had an intro to the captain of a 100′ sailing vessel that was to be docked at what they called the Super Yacht Dock. All I can tell you is that when we got there, it looked like a toy next to all the other boats. THEY WERE YACHTS, I am pretty sure.

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