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What is a yacht?
Features of a yacht
The word yacht comes from Dutch and refers to a motorised recreational craft between 7 and 40 metres in length. It is a type of houseboat with at least 1 deck and 1 cabin, and it differs from other motorboats in that we tend to associate it with luxury. Comfort and relaxation are the key words when it comes to this luxurious vessel. The yacht is ideal for multi-day cruises on the high seas with friends or family, as it can comfortably accommodate several people.
A yacht is often equipped with state-of-the-art technological equipment and navigational instruments, meaning it can easily cope with the elements and turbulent seas. So it's perfectly adapted for your extended maritime outings.
Depending on the size of your yacht, you may have difficulty entering small ports or marinas. You will then have to anchor at a mooring and use a dinghy or a small open motor boat to reach dry land.
Many shipyards offer yachts: Bavaria, Princess, Ferretti, and Fountaine Pajot are famous for their luxury motor boats.
What's the difference between yacht, super-yacht, and a mega-yacht?
Yachts, super-yachts, and mega-yachts are different in size. A yacht measuring more than 40 metres will be called a super-yacht, and above 60 metres it becomes a mega-yacht. Super-yachts and mega-yachts are the epitome of luxury: they are real floating palaces equipped with a host of amenities such as night clubs, cinemas, games or sports halls, swimming pools, or even helicopter landing pads.
What are the pros and cons of a yacht?
The yacht is the ultimate status symbol, and it can boast many advantages:
- highly comfortable with quality equipment and facilities;
- top speeds can be high depending on the power of the engine.
Athough a true luxury boat, the yacht may come with certain disadvantages depending on the model:
- docking and maintenance costs can quickly pile up;
- engine consumption is high;
- it can be highly polluting;
- rather noisy.
Looking to reach the next level in marine luxury? Browse new and used yachts in the Band of Boats range of listings and kick back as you sail the open seas.