While work—and survival—came first in ancient times, we do have records of recreational sailing. In Egypt, for example, Cleopatra was carried down the Nile on a luxury vessel that
From about 700 AD, the Vikings used these high-prowed boats to transport heavy loads for long distances. They were built on a long keel made from a single piece of wood and carried a single square sail.
could nowadays only be described as a royal yacht. We know that the Norsemen built craft in which to race each other, and that medieval vessels of Venice had embroidered sails quite impractical for working ships. There is also a record of a ship with the off-putting name Rat of Wight built in Cowes, in 1588, as a pleasure ship for Queen Elizabeth I of England.
The origin of the word yacht can be traced back to 1599, when a Dutch dictionary used the phrase jaght schip to mean a boat used for recreational racing. At that time in the Netherlands, all the
Early contestants of the Bahama Sailing Regatta were fishing and freighting vessels. Now contenders build new, traditional-style boats with the sole purpose of winning races.
right circumstances came together for the pastime to take hold: an economy that produced wealth and leisure time; waters sheltered from both weather and armed raiders; plus shipbuilding skills. Of all the diverse uses for boats in a country built on estuaries and inland waterways, crisscrossed by canals and dykes, waterborne recreation was a natural development.
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.