BoatWiki - Definitions
A sailboat can be defined as any kind of watercraft that is propelled either partially or in whole by a sail or combination of sails. Sailboats can range in size from small sailing dinghies to ocean going cruise ships. They also come in a variety configurations, styles, and types.
A sailboat is propulsed by one or more sails mounted to what are known as masts. The sail is extended from the mast by an extension called a boom. When not in use, the sails are furled or bundled up to avoid being caught by the wind. Sailboats are typically counterbalanced by a keel which is usually weighted.
Sailboats are titled, registered, and documented like any other type of boat. There are exemptions for sailboats, however, especially of the smaller variety.
Sailboats are often more romanticized than power boats, although more difficult to handle, operate, and maneuver.
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5/17/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.