Yachting is a plesurable sport and recreation usually among the wealthy. It also has a wealth of interesting information and historical tidbits!
It goes as far as the ancient Egyptian era, where pharaohs were buried close to the beautiful, slender barges which were meant to carry them. These barges feature excellent workmanship and were built in the same manner as their ships that floated in the Nile river.
Proof that yachting quite an old sport is depicted by the poem Catullus 4, by the ancient Latin poet Catullus. (“The yacht you see there, friends/says that she’s been/The fastest piece of timber ever seen;”)
“Yacht” derives from the Dutch word jacht which means “hunt.” The Dutch navy used light but fast-sailing vessels to chase down and catch pirates or other trespassers who sailed around and into their maritime boundaries.
Yacht lengths vary depending on the type, but in general they have a range between 33 feet (10 meters) and hundreds of feet (or dozens of meters).
Also known as a “luxury craft” or just a “cruiser,” a cabin cruiser is a power boat measuring about 25 to 45 feet long. It typically features a toilet (called a “head”), a kitchen (“galley”) and at least one sleeping accommodation (“berth”). Some cruisers have other amenities like an air conditioning system or a heater, or power generators. Newer models of cruisers are certainly faster than the older ones due to enhanced aerodynamic and hydrodynamic designs. The owner may or may not require any professional training to fully operate this boat.
Also known as “large yacht,” “mega-yacht” or “super-yacht,” a luxury yacht is definitely bigger than a cabin cruiser, and almost always requires a professional crew to operate it.
Luxury yachts usually measure from 120 feet to 200 feet in length, although they can be even bigger. Yachts as big as 300 feet and above are often referred to as “giga-yachts.” They are also quite expensive and only the very wealthy people can afford to own them.
Yachting had been long used for recreation, but it wasn’t until 19th century that it also began to be recognized as an international sport. In 1851 the Royal Yacht Squadron (formed in Cowes, England, in 1815) offered the silver trophy for a race around the Isle of Wight. The race, and eventually the trophy, were won by the schooner America from the New York Yacht Club (founded in 1844). The trophy was renamed as America’s Cup and has been known since.
Yachts during the olden days were mostly made of wood. But from the 1950s up to the present, yachts have been built with several different materials such as plywood, steel, aluminum, and veneer.
This incredible super yacht, called “The Streets of Monaco,” is still a very much under construction as of this writing. The staggering 508-feet yacht replicates several landmarks of Monaco, including the casinos and even famous Grand Prix track!
When this project is all done, this gargantuan ultra-luxurious yacht/floating palace could be yours for $1 billion! It’s Monaco wherever you are in the world…
Racing yachts are lighter compared to other yachts, thus built for speed. Most of them may almost have bare cabins containing all the gear and safety equipment the sailors or crewmembers need for racing.