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Sailing Yacht "Zapata II"
The "Lazzara" 80' "Alchemist" runs at full speed up the California Coast
A yacht in Lorient, Brittany, France
Aerial view of a yacht club and marina - Yacht Harbour Residence "Hohe D√ľne" in Rostock, Germany.

A yacht {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} is a recreational boat or ship. The term originates from the Dutch word jacht "hunt". It was originally defined as a light fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates and other transgressors around and into the shallow waters of the Low Countries. After its selection by Charles II of England as the vessel to carry him to England from the Netherlands for his restoration in 1660, it came to be used to mean a vessel used to convey important persons.

Modern use of the term designates two different classes of watercraft, sailing and power boats. Yachts differ from working ships mainly by their leisure purpose, and it was not until the rise of the steamboat and other types of powerboat that sailing vessels in general came to be perceived as luxury, or recreational vessels. Later the term came to encompass motor boats for primarily private pleasure purposes as well.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

Yacht lengths generally range from {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} up to dozens of meters (hundreds of feet). A luxury craft smaller than {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} is more commonly called a cabin cruiser or simply a cruiser. A superyacht generally refers to any yacht (sail or power) above {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} and a megayacht generally refers to any yacht over {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}. This size is small in relation to typical cruise liners and oil tankers.

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