Types of Recreational Watercraft

Many people enjoy boating for recreation but may not know much about different kinds of boats. Here is some information about a few of the various types of boats used for recreation.

Types of Recreational Watercraft, yacht, sailboat, kayak

Yacht

While all yachts are boats, not all boats are yachts. Yachts must be 35 feet long or more. Once they reach 100 feet, they are considered mega-yachts, and super-yachts are over 200 feet long. They are generally built for luxury and recreation. Things like hatches and access panels will likely use SPD gas springs to make them open and close more easily. Yachts are powered by engines and are considered motorboats

You need to have a body of water large enough for a yacht, so if you are not close to a large lake or the ocean, that may help you with your decision. There are smaller motorboats that may work well for recreation as well. Be sure to find out what training is required before heading out on your boat.

Sailboat

Sailboats come in a variety of sizes, but the things that affect how hard they are to manipulate include how simple the rig is and how easy they are to handle. Beginners will want to research the types of rigs and find one that is easy to learn while more experienced sailors have additional options.

Kayak

If you like a man-powered vessel that you can handle with minimal skill, then a kayak is what you want. These small craft usually hold one person who uses an oar that has a paddle at each end to use to direct the boat. They are easy to transport and are not too expensive. If you like to have a few people with you, a canoe is similar but usually holds a few people.

Boating can be a very fun activity. You may want to try several different types of water vehicles to find the one you most enjoy.

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