Anatomy of a Yacht- What is a Yacht?

When someone mentions a yacht you might picture a huge powerboat Bill Gates might own with a helicopter pad and an Olympic sized swimming pool on the deck however, this is not the true definition of a yacht.

 

The definition does vary depending on who you ask; but in general we are talking about a vessel around 40’ or larger that is used for pleasure rather than a working boat. They can be power or sail driven but the main idea here is that they are used for recreation rather than work.

 

The term originates from the Dutch word jacht which means “hunt” and was originally defined by the Dutch navy as a light fast sailing vessel used to pursue pirates and transgressors. King Charles II kept the term relevant when he choose a jacht as the vessel to carry him to England from the Netherlands for his restoration of the throne in 1660. After delivering the king, the “jacht” became known as a vessel to convey very important persons. Modern use of the term continues and after the rise of the steamboat and other power boats, sailboats came to be perceived as a luxury and larger powerboats that are not used for “work” are known as Yachts.

 

Fact or Fiction? Boats are expensive

There’s a long running joke that B.O.A.T. stands for Break Out  Another Thousand. Most things in life that are fun require money to participate and a boat doesn’t have to break the bank. It is more about finding a boat that suits you budget. According to the US Coast Guard a kayak fits the definition of a vessel. This cheap investment can stored in the garage or backyard, transported on top of a 2 door sedan (they even make trailers for bicycles!) and requires virtually no maintenance. Of course this is the low end of the spectrum whereas a 50 foot yacht may cost $2,500 a month to keep in a Newport Beach or MDR  Marina

Many factors determine how much boating will cost starting with of course the initial purchase price. However, you don’t need to own a boat. Many charter companies will rent a boat from an hourly rate up to a several week charter. This is a great option for those who live far from the water or like the option of renting a boat anywhere in the world on vacation. You don’t have to pay slip fees, maintenance or incur the cost of purchase. This is also a great way to learn what types of boats you like for a purchase down the line.

If you want to own you own boat there are ways to keep costs down. Used boats are a dime a dozen right now and there are some good private party deals right now because people are desperate to get out of their slip fees for a boat they don’t use. You can often transfer the slip into your name and score a nice marina that otherwise has a long waiting list for new permits. Boat US or Vessel Assist are offer membership towing and can provide great backup plans to get you back if something breaks. A lot of people use their boats as a floating “condo” to avoid long work commutes or simply get away so it can have a dual purpose.

Some other tips to keep boating affordable…. Keep it out of the salt on a boat lift if possible and you can save on bottom paint and lessen corrosion. If you are out on salt water be sure to wash the whole thing well with fresh water and flush the engine. Get one on a trailer and it will save you the slip fees. Keep up with maintenance and frequent cleanings will lessen the need for “deep cleanings” which are harder on paint and gel coats.

For more info on how to make boating affordable or to get some training with us so you can charter a boat in the future just visit the contact page.

Myth- Sailing/ boating is hard myth

We often hear people say that they think “driving a boat is difficult” or “I wish I could drive like that” We are here to tell you can learn to make your boat do exactly what you want. Not only that but you can also do it with strong wind and current if you approach the situation properly.

 

Most people don’t “practice” driving their boat. They load up the friends and family and head out on a calm morning only to come back to the dock under challenging conditions. When it comes to docking or putting the boat back on the trailer they use the “more throttle and jam it in approach” A crowded boat makes visibility harder, others make you nervous and your crew lacks proper training to be of any real help.

 

We would love to show you a better way. It all starts with knowing the proper techniques, and then comes the practice. In just a few hours we can show you proper techniques for driving a boat which is much different than driving a car. Most people’s approach is that of driving a car where you have the advantage of friction with the ground and of course BRAKES! Also, cars steer from the front whereas a boat steers from the back (AKA the stern.) After a bit of training you can get back on your boat and practice the techniques on your own. We will also show you how to practice an urgent situation (wind/ current/ tight slip/ close quarters) with little consequences if you make a mistake. We recommend you practice them every so often like its blowing 25 knots (there are ways to simulate urgency) so that when it’s blowing 10-15 you look like a pro.

 

Contact us and we can show you the techniques and principles that are universal and can be adapted to any boat.

Whats in a Boat-Sail, Power, Paddle

Boats come in all different shapes and sizes- they can be powered by gasoline, diesel fuel oil, solar power, sail power, and/ or human power. Then there are those that have no propulsion at all and just get pulled or pushed around stacked with lumber, sand or rocks(barges).

 

The earliest boats Archaeologists have uncovered date to around 8,000 years ago(canoes dugout of tree trunks). However, experts believe the first boat to have been built 900,000 years ago by Homo-Erectus who lacked speech and language. The evidence is based on the fact that they expanded their civilizations to islands that were much too far for humans to swim. Since 70% of the earth is covered in water it’s no wonder boats have continued to evolve for work and pleasure.

 

Different shapes and sizes serve different proposes and there is not one better than the other, but rather one more suited for the purpose intended. A light and fast race boat is not the most comfortable on a long rough passage. Conversely a heavy displacement long keeled boat is not the one you want to tack around the racecourse for the day.  

When looking for your boat, you first need to decide what you want to do with it. If you don’t yet know renting/ chartering is a great way to figure out what you like.