Sailboats & Sailing Yachts: Day sailing sailboats, or sailing boats, cruisers and yachts may have a monohull, catamaran or trimaran hull design and full, fin, wing or centreboard keel design. Sailboats can also have several configurations of the numberof masts and sails. Cruiser and yacht sailboats will have an inboard or outboard motor for emergency or docking purposes.

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Cruising Yachts (<50') | Day Sailers | Luxury Yachts


Functional Description:

A sailboat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails.  There are a variety of types of sailboats such as a sloop, ketch, yawl, schooner, cutter, catboat and dinghy.  There are also large sailing yachts and sports cruisers.  Sailboats can be categorized by purpose (sport, racing, cruising), size, hull configuration (monohull, catamaran, trimaran), configuration of masts and sails and keel type (full, fin, wing, centerboard etc.).

Yachts and sports cruisers are large sailboats that have accommodations for passengers and crew.  Sailing yachts will have berths, heads, and a galley.  Sailing yachts will also have gasoline or diesel inboard engines for sailing under power, emergencies and docking.

The sloop, which features one mast, a normal mainsail and a jib sail, is the most common sailboat.  This configuration is very efficient for sailing towards the wind.

A ketch is similar to a sloop, except it has a second mast (mizzen mast) to the stern of the mainmast forward of the rudder post.  A yawl is similar to a ketch, but the mizzen mast is behind the rudder post.  A schooner can have two or more masts, distinguishing this sailboat from a ketch or a yawl.

The cutter has a single mast and mainsail with the mast further aft to allow for the use of two head sails attached to two fore stays which carry the jib and stay sail respectively.

A catboat has a single mast mounted forward and does not have a jib sail.  Most catboats have only one sail, the mainsail.

A dinghy is a type of small sailboat.  The term can also refer to small racing yachts or recreational open sailing boats.  They are most common in youth. A dinghy can have three (or fewer) sails (mainsail, jib, and spinnaker).

English Terminology: sailboat, sailboats, sail boat, sail boats, yacht, yachts, sport cruisers, sloop, ketch, yawl, schooner, cutter, catboat, dinghy, sails, sailing, mast, masts, mainsail jib sail, sport racing, cruising, hull, monohull, catamaran, trimaran, keel, rudder

French Terminology: voilier, voiliers, bateau à voile, voiliers, yachts, voiliers, vedettes du sport, sloop, ketch, yawl, goélette, cutter, cat-boat, dériveur, voile, voile, mât, les mâts, foc grand-voile, les courses de sport, de croisière, coque, voilier, catamaran, trimaran, quille, safran

German Terminology: Segelboot, Segelboote, Segelboot, Segelboote, Yachten, Yachten, Sport-Kreuzer, Schaluppe, Ketsch, Jolle, Schoner, Kutter, Catboat, Beiboot, Segel, Segeln, Mast, Masten, Kreuzfahrt Großsegel Fock-, Sport-Racing, Rumpf, Segelyacht, Katamaran, Trimaran, Kiel, Ruder

Spanish Terminology: barco de vela, barcos de vela, barco de vela, barcos de vela, barcos, yates, cruceros deporte, balandra, ketch, yola, goleta, cortador, laúd, embarcación auxiliar, velas, vela, mástil, mástiles, velas foque, las carreras de deporte, de crucero, casco, veleros, catamaranes, trimaranes, quilla, timón