Outboard vs. Inboard: Which Motor is Right for You?

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Many family boats, including bowriders , deck boats and cabin cruisers , are offered with a choice of outboard or inboard power. When both options are available, is there a better choice between the two? Let’s take a look at inboard vs. outboard boat motors , and dig deeper into the advantages and disadvantages of each type of power.

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What are the Key Differences Between Inboard and Outboard Motors?

Family boats with inboard power are almost always equipped with a sterndrive (sometimes called an inboard/outboard or I/O) powertrain, which combines an automotive-type engine mounted inside the boat with a steerable and trimable drive unit mounted on the stern (the back) of the boat. The exception would be for a dedicated watersports tow boat , which has an inboard engine turning a propeller under the boat, with steering control provided by a rudder.

Sterndrives are currently offered from 200 horsepower to 430 horsepower, but many compact runabouts on the pre-owned market may be powered by a 130-horsepower sterndrive that is no longer in production. An outboard motor is a dedicated marine engine that is attached directly to the stern of a boat.

Outboards are available from tiny 2-horsepower kickers to 600 horsepower, but for family boating the range is typically 90 to 300 horsepower. As outboard motors have become more powerful, they are gaining popularity on larger cabin cruiser and day boats that once were always equipped with inboard engines. These may be rigged with three or four outboards that combined make more power than the biggest pair of sterndrive engines available, resulting in performance that was once unimaginable.

inboard vs outboard pros and cons

Initial Cost Comparison

It seems natural to make a cost comparison based on horsepower—a 250-horsepower outboard to a 250-horsepower sterndrive in the same boat—but it’s smarter to make that comparison based on performance.

In this example, a 200-horsepower outboard will usually match the performance of a 250-horsepower sterndrive, simply because the outboard weighs less, and because that weight is more efficiently positioned behind, rather than inside, the boat. This rule of thumb holds true as you move up and down the horsepower scale. However, even with less horsepower the outboard-powered boat will often cost a little more—2 to 4 percent—than a similar boat with a sterndrive.

Inboard vs. Outboard Maintenance Costs & Ownership

Because it will usually weigh less and be a more-efficient design, an outboard motor will typically deliver better fuel economy than a sterndrive. Both will require similar annual maintenance, except that in cold climates the cooling system of most sterndrive engines needs to be flushed with antifreeze solution, usually by a marine service center.

  • An outboard is self-draining and many owners can accomplish their own off-season service.
  • Sterndrives once had a reputation for being more prone to corrosion-related issues in salt water, but corrosion resistance is much improved on modern engines and outdrives, and many can be equipped with a closed cooling system that keeps most saltwater out of the engine.
  • However, most sterndrives can not be tilted completely out of the water, while most outboards can clear the water when tilted all the way up. This is an advantage for the outboard if the boat is docked or moored full time in saltwater, as it prevents marine growth and corrosion from occurring on the drive.

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Because the entire engine is outside the boat, an outboard is easier to service than an inboard. With the boat on a trailer you can simply stand next to the outboard.

Servicing the inboard requires working under an engine hatch, often in pretty cramped confines. When an outboard is damaged or simply worn out, it is relatively easy to re-power the boat with a new outboard. Repowering an inboard boat is also an option, but a more-challenging project.

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Additional Pros & Cons

An outboard has many advantages over a sterndrive:

  • It’s lighter, faster, more efficient, and easier to service;
  • Because the entire engine is located outside the boat, there’s more room in the boat for seating or gear storage;
  • A new outboard is cleaner, quieter and more powerful and feature-laden than the motors offered just a few years ago, all reasons they have become more popular on more types of boat.

A sterndrive does have some advantages, however:

  • The drive unit is low on the transom, which permits a full-width boarding or swim platform that’s not cluttered by an outboard motor. This can really improve the lounging experience, and many people find this uncluttered look much more attractive.
  • The sterndrive engine may also be covered by a padded sun lounge, another feature many owners appreciate.
  • When equipped with a drive with forward-facing propellers ( Volvo Penta Forward Drive or MerCruiser Bravo Four ), the boat can be used for wakesurfing , an activity that’s not safe—or even legal on most waters—behind a boat with a traditional sterndrive or an outboard because of the proximity of the spinning propeller to the surfer. For many boating families, the ability to wake surf is reason alone to select an inboard with forward-facing props.

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Types of Powerboats and Their Uses


What Is An Outboard Runabout?

Bass powerboat

Bass boats are generally 14' to 23', and typically used for freshwater fishing. They have low freeboard and a V hull. They are specialized for bass fishing on inland lakes and rivers. Due to the special gear, high horsepower outboards and trolling motors they are a relatively high price point.

Bay powerboat

Bay boats have a low profile. They are designed for use in shallow waters of large shallow bays, estuaries or near shore. Bay boats are 18'–24' in length and are fiberglass because they are used in salt or brackish waters. They have more freeboard than a flats boat.


A bowrider has an open bow area designed for extra seats forward of the helm. Bowriders are usually 17'–30'. They are powered by either stern drive or outboard engines. Considered a family boat and can be used for fishing and water sports. A good choice for those new to boating.

Center console powerboat

Center Console

Center console boats are from 13'–45'. They are so-named because their helm is on a console in the center of the boat. Like walkarounds, the open hull helps anglers walk from bow to stern without having to navigate around the console. Most use outboard motors for propulsion and the larger size boats are suited for offshore fishing.

Convertible fishing powerboat

Convertible Fishing Boat

Convertibles are 35 foot and greater boats suited for offshore fishing and cruising. They have large cabins, galleys and berths and are perfect for pleasure cruises and offshore fishing. The flybridge with elevated helm helps to spot flotsam or fish. They have a large fishing deck aft.

Cabin cruiser

Cruisers are from 21'–45' in length and have a cabin in the bow of the boat. Cruiser cabins are designed for an overnight stay and are typically large enough for a small galley, several berths and an enclosed head.

Cuddy cabin cruiser powerboat

Cuddy Cabin

Cuddy cabin boats have a small cabin for storage or a small seating area. They may accommodate a berth and or head. They are usually about 22–30 feet in length.

Deck boat powerboat

Deck boats have a wide beam and feature a V-shaped hull which offers more performance than a pontoon boat. Featuring an open deck with plenty of seating for parties or family. Used for swimming and water sports. They are outboard or stern drive powered and can be aluminum or fiberglass. These boat are about 25–35 feet long.


A dinghy is a small boat, usually 7–12 feet in length. They are usually powered by oars, small outboards, or sails. Often carried or towed by a larger boat for going ashore. Low cost and an excellent choice for those new to boating.

Downeast cruiser powerboat

Downeast Cruiser

These boats are native to coastal New England. Also called lobster boats, they are built for offshore cruising and fishing. They have a cabin with berths and a head and dining area.

Dual console powerboat

Dual Console

Dual Console boats have two dashboards and windshieldswith space to walk between them for allowing access to the bow area for seating and/or fishing. Lengths run 16–30 feet.

Express fisherman powerboat

Express Fisherman

The Express Fisherman is designed for high speeds to get to offshore fishing spots in a hurry. They are rigged for offshore fishing. They have large open cockpits and fish fighting areas aft. They usually have limited cruising accommodations but can provide overnight shelter.

Fish and ski powerboat

Fish 'n Ski Boat

Fish 'n Ski boats are used for fishing or skiing. These are family boats. They have accessories for each application. They feature comfortable seating and offer livewells and tie downs for rods and have removable, elevated tow bars and ski lockers. They are usually 16–24 feet in length.

Flats powerboat

Flats Boats range from 14 feet to 18 feet and are specifically designed to navigate shallow waters needing extremely shallow drafts. A push pole is used to navigate the shallow water.

High performance powerboat

High Performance Boat

Performance powerboats are built for speed, featuring narrow beam, steep deadrise, and high power to weight ratios. They have Spartan cabins. Cockpits seat 2–6 passengers. Powered by high horsepower outboards, stern drives or surface drives, these boats are carefully designed to be fast, light and strong, ideal for racing or fast cruising. They range from 25–60 feet in length.


As the name implies houseboats are floating houses. They are either outboard or inboard propelled and range from 25 to 150 feet in length. Just like a house they have full kitchens, bedrooms and living and dining areas. They are the ultimate family boat. They are generally found on quieter bodies of water since they have low freeboards and are built on a barge-like hull.

Inflatable powerboat

Inflatable Boat

Usually 6'–14' in length and have inflatable tubes for their sides. The floor is flexible or made rigid using plywood or aluminum floorboards depending on the size. Outboard motors can be used on the rigid transom. They deflate and are easy to transport or store. Used as dinghies on larger boats. A good choice for those new to boating.

Jet powerboat

Jet Boats have single or multiple jet drives instead of a propeller for propulsion. They are very maneuverable. These smaller boats (14–24 feet) are generally used for water sports and getting into shallow waters.

Jon boat

Jon boats are small utility craft primarily used for boating in shallow water. They range from 10 to 18 feet in length. They can be made of aluminum or fiberglass. They are inexpensive and a good choice for the novice boater.

Multi-species powerboat

Multi-species Boat

Multi-species boats are 17–23 feet in length. They are made of fiberglass or aluminum. They are designed to travel in rougher water than bass boats. As the name implies, these boats are made for fishing a variety of different fish in all types of water.

Pilot-house powerboat

Pilothouse Boat

Featuring a fully enclosed pilot house, these boats are built to ride rougher seas while keeping helmsman high and dry. They are powered by outboards, stern drives or inboards. They are popular for cruising and many types of fishing. They usually have a berth and a head. They are usually 20–35 feet in length.

Pontoon boat

Pontoon Boat

Pontoon boats have 2 or 3 aluminum tubes that support a broad platform. They have shallow drafts and are very stable. They are usually found on inland lakes and rivers and other small bodies of water. Used for cruising, fishing and water sports. Powered by an outboard or stern-drive. Lengths from 15–30 feet.

Power cataraman

Power Catamaran

These dual-hull boats are generally used for offshore fishing. They are more rugged, provide a more stable ride, faster speeds and better fuel economy than mono-hulls. They are 25–40 feet in length.

Personal watercraft

PWC (Personal Watercraft)

Entry level boats that are fun to drive and economical to buy. They come in lengths from 9–14 feet. They are usually built for 1 or 2 people but larger, more powerful models can seat up to 4. They are powered by jet drive.


Rigid Inflatable

RIBs (rigid inflatable boat)s have a fiberglass or aluminum hull attached to inflatable outer tubes. Outboard motors are used on the transom for power. RIBs are usually faster, larger, and can carry more weight than flexible floored inflatables. They also come in larger sizes.


Many boats are called runabouts. Generally a runabout is defined as a small powerboat somewhere in the 14–24 foot range. They are usually powered by an outboard or stern-drive engine. They are a multipurpose boat suitable for water sports, cruising and fishing.

Sedan bridge powerboat

Sedan Bridge Boat

Intended for extended cruising with accommodations down below to suit long stays on the water. They range from about 35–65 feet. The bridge positions the helmsman high above the water allowing for great visibility.

Ski-wakeboard powerboat

Ski and Wakeboard Boat

These boats are designed specifically for water sports. They can be ballasted for producing higher wakes for trick skiing and waterboarding. They are also great for pulling inflatable tubes.


The skiff is similar to a Jon boat. They are another entry level boat. They are especially good for boating in shallow water. The can have flat or cathedral shaped hulls. Many have a console to steer from.

Utility boat

Utility Boat

Utility boats are made for tough use. Generally made of aluminum with outboard power and range from 12–20 feet. Used for fishing or as workboats. Relatively low cost to maintain and a good choice for the novice boater.



Walkarounds allow an angler to walk around the cabin. They are generally 20–30 feet in length. They are usually found on larger bodies of water and can be powered by an outboard, Inboard/outboard or inboard engine.

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The difference between Powerboat and Motorboat Training

In the RYA training world we often talk about Powerboat Training ( Level 1 , Level 2 , Intermediate , Tender Operator and Advanced ) and Motor Cruising Course s ( Helmsman’s , Day Skipper Power , Coastal Skipper Power and Yachtmaster Power ).

What is the difference between a Powerboat and a Motorboat?

We are often asked this question. There is no exact definition, so we have produced some guidance;


Powerboat or Motorboat?

There are of course some boats that sit on the cusp between a powerboat and a motorboat, here are a couple of examples.

Axopar 28

At first glance the Axopar has some of the features common to powerboats, it looks like a large powerboat. It is 8.5m and powered by petrol outboard engines. However if we look closer we see it has cabin space, can sleep two people, has a heads (toilet), a nav area and can be used as a live aboard boat for a few days. On balance we would consider this more of a motorboat. If asked to deliver own boat tuition we would discuss what the owner wants to do with the boat but would be more likley to  recommend the   Helmsman’s and Day Skipper Power courses for the owner.

Bayliner VR5

This Bayliner has a small forward cabin with a berth which will sleep two, however it does not have a galley, it is an open boat and while it has some traits of a motor boat we consider it a powerboat and suitable for the RYA Powerboat Level 2 .

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What are Powerboats and Motorboats? Types Explained!

New technologies are being developed and implemented so as to make the rides much faster and safer.

Power boats and motorboats are two categories of vessels, both of which provides a thrilling and breathtaking experience for the people on board.

Let’s fast jump to the subject!

Speed boat

A powerboat is a compact motor-powered vessel that is built within 10 meters in length. It is best suitable for shorter journeys. When compared to motorboats, powerboats are more swift and agile.

The compact structure of these powerboats makes it easier to be controlled and maneuvered during quick turns and diversions. They come in a variety of structures and engine configurations.

Powerboats can be a variety of vessels such as fishing boats , small boats, or even cruising boats that can accommodate a large family. It could even be a fully equipped watercraft with modern amenities.

Powerboating brings great advantages to new and aspiring boaters, learning the skill. Due to its compact structure, it is often easier to learn, and relatively low in price compared to other vessels.

Though they are limited to shorter cruises, it still offers good speed and thus can be perfectly suitable for commanding speed over crossing lakes, rivers, and other coastal areas.

A motorboat also could be called a motor yacht, is a larger motor-powered vessel that is built within 10-40 meters or even more, in length. They are suitable for extensive long journeys.

They have great fuel capacity and nautical charts for navigation. They also hold the onboard facility to accommodate the stay of overnight travelers.

When compared to smaller boats and other powerboats, the functioning mechanism of a motorboat is more complex and challenging to learn.

But that being said, if one finds themselves involved in working on superyachts or even while considering an open ocean vacation, motor cruising offers a variety of functional opportunities.

Types of Powerboats:

RIBs are also known as “Rigid Inflatable Boats”. These powerboats come under the hard-hulled planning crafts along with inbuilt inflatable collars. They are best utilized for fishing, load-carrying, diving, watersports, and lounging.

Based on your boating demands, one has to pick their fit-out and hull shape. It is also best to have a determined use for the powerboat in the making. Usually, RIBs are bought based on their utility, price flexibility, and size.

Depending on the material used for its structure also creates cost variation. Using Hypalon over PVC constructed tubes, ensures better durability but is more expensive. Depending on the boater’s driving style, the choice of seating can be determined from a variety of options such as benches, leaning posts, jockey seats, and impact-mitigation seats.

Sport Yacht

Sport yachts are best utilized for traveling long distances. They have great speed, a sleeker appearance whilst also having better storage, and spacious cabins for overnight and extended stays.

This type of powerboat is best for entertaining guests onboard along with providing ample amenities. It is a mixture of luxury combined with great performance.

These boats offer the luxury of expanding and upgrading basic amenities, for example, having a kitchen with a good quality boat grill. This is a great option for people wanting to own a boat set to hold gatherings and parties on board with a full galley that even comes with convenient upgrades.

These powerboats combine good structural practicality with a compact platform along with providing adequate lounging space. Their open bow design gives it the unique suitability to move around in the ocean cheerfully during good weather conditions such as clear skies.

They are typically seen to have tapered forward lines, but the new bowriders come with the option to offer more spacious formats. Inside a traditional bowrider, the space ahead of the helm is often quite tight.

Contesting that, the new formats of bowriders have beams that are further forward, allowing for more seating room creating a compromise between its sporting ability for aesthetic appeal.

A few key points to look for while trying to examine the ability of a bowrider that can offer outstanding performance in water sports:

  • Powerful inboard engines
  • Extra cockpit seating
  • Wakeboard towers
  • Automated throttle
  • Wake-tweaking devices
  • Walkaround Fisher:

They are great powerboats for those looking for hybrid options. Hybrid applies to the combination of everything like space, size, cost-effectiveness, and modern amenities. A boat for both fishing and water sports and a good example would be the compact Trophy 2152 Walkaround.

Center Console Powerboats

 They are highly versatile and thus center console powerboats take the lead. They are suitable for both fishing as well for entertaining your family by taking them for a long and smooth ride.

By choosing boats with center consoles with only basic facilities inbuilt, boaters have the luxury to design their own boats with furniture that best matches their choice and utility.

This also gives them an added advantage of owning a powerboat at a lower cost as the center console would carry less weight. Due to its lighter weight, it tends to have better running efficiency, nimble operation and is easy to maneuver. Great examples are center console aluminium boats that we talked in this article.

Types of Motorboats:  

Straight inboard drives:.

A straight inboard drive system includes both a petrol and diesel engine type, a propeller, and a metal shaft. The engine is internally placed in the boat. A special method is used to connect the engine to an external propeller through a shaft that is fitted into the hull. The boat moves through the water as the engine spins the shaft, which spins the propeller.

Pod Drives:

It is a modern propulsion system. They are mostly seen amongst recreational motorboats. The engine is located underneath the boat on the drive unit. Along with the engine, the propeller, the transmission, and the steering mechanism are all part of the driving unit. The pod drive propulsion system is mounted to the bottom of the boat’s hull . They are agile and have great vessel control to pivot independently.

Inboard / Outboard (Sterndrive):

An inboard/outboard drive system also known as sterndrive, consists of an engine along with an outboard drive unit. The engine is located inside the hull, with the drive unit (propeller, transmission, steering mechanism) mounted externally. The entire drive unit turns as the steering wheel turns, letting the boat move.

Outboard Drives:

In this type of motorboat, the transmission, propeller, and engine block come under a single unit among the outboard engine. It is mounted outside the boat, mostly on the transom. The boat moves back and forth using cables and hydraulic rams connected to the outboard.

Jet Drives:

These motorboats carry an inboard engine. The engine spins a metal impeller inside a large water pump. They move at great speed. The large water pump pushes the motorboat forward by sucking up the water and utilizing this for the process letting it move faster.

So if you are looking forward to having a nice day in the water either for cruising or some adrenaline rush both of these boats are the ideal choices.

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Sailboat or Motorboat – Learn the pros and cons

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Sailboat or Motorboat – Learn the pros and cons

Are you more of a sailboat or a motorboat person? Both vessels are great for adventures and relaxation on the open sea. But they both have different vibes and feel whether you’re in them or just looking at them from afar.

A sailboat is vintage, adventurous and full of soul. It has a classic look and requires you to be very knowledgeable about sailing . They offer slow voyages where you can enjoy the sea breeze and the open waters, panoramas and marinas.

A motorboat also referred to as a powerboat is faster and has a more contemporary design compared to sailboats. It operates with an engine which means you get to feel some vibrations compared to sailboats where all you feel is the sea and the waves. But let’s dive deeper.

Pros and cons of sailboats

Sailboats are quite hands on vessels and they allow you to become more aware, more knowledgeable and definitely an expert on sailing . They rely on wind so these boats are a greener option for the environment. They do however need you to take courses and training sessions to become a real expert.

These boats are usually less expensive than motorboats and they have a lower boat maintenance cost.

Pros and cons of motorboats

Motorboats are powered by a boat engine . They are much easier to operate than sailboats. All you need is a vessel licence and a good navigation system.

In addition, motorboats are fast, reliable and stable on water. They offer plenty of deck space as there is no sail and rig to occupy most of the top area of the boat.

Motorboats are better for shallow water too as they have a flatter hull that allows them to reach closer to shore. This feature makes them more appropriate for fishing. Not only do you get to go closer to the shore or enter canals, but you also have more space for fishing gear on deck .

They are however more expensive both in purchase price as well as boat maintenance costs. Also, powerboats are not as clean as sailboats.

Their engines emit gas and other substances to the environment. In addition, motorboats are noisier and less comfortable to sail in than sailboats (although this might also depend on the boat – a new motorboat can be more comfortable than an old sailboat).

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Sailboat vs Powerboat - Which is Right for You?

Sailboat vs Powerboat - Which is Right for You? | Life of Sailing

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June 15, 2022

Sailboats and powerboats both have unique advantages and disadvantages. You have to weigh the pros and cons of each to know which boat is right for you.

Sailboats require a more hands-on approach, which many people prefer. Yet, powerboats have less maintenance and more speed. Which kind of boat you choose depends entirely on what kind of experience you want to have.

Powerboats are easier to operate, and they require a little experience. But, they are costly to keep running and you’re reliant on how much fuel you brought on board.

On the other hand, sailboats require training and experience. But, sailing is the purer boating experience, and many people prefer it because it offers them the freedom to travel anywhere in the world with only the wind.

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Should You Get a Powerboat?

Powerboats are fast, fun, and spacious. For people who just want to get out on the water, without much setup, motorboats provide that easy access.

Depending on the boat, there are tons of family activities to do, such as tubing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, or fishing. Or, you can just enjoy a cruise around the waterways.

Powerboat Pros

Powerboats typically have more deck space because there isn’t as much hardware taking up space as in a sailboat. So, you can take out more people at a time, which is a pro for people with big families or who plan on taking many people out with them each time.

Often, the galley and cabin area has more space in a motorboat as well. People who plan on taking long off-shore fishing trips prefer motorboats because of the deck space for gear and people. Also, motorboats don’t have the same deep hull as a sailboat, so you can get into shallower waters if necessary.

If you’re new to boating, a powerboat might appeal to you more than a sailboat because there isn’t as much training involved in learning how to operate it. Sailboats take months (sometimes years) of experience to get confident with. With a motorboat, all you need is a GPS and a vessel license.

Also, to operate a motorboat, you’re only reliant on the sun shining. You don’t have to wait for wind conditions to be perfect. You can just get up and go whenever you feel like it. Unlike with sailing, where you are subject to changes in wind and tides.

Powerboat Cons

Even though powerboats are easier to operate and give you more space, they are more expensive to operate. You’re reliant on the engine to move, and you’ll likely use a lot of fuel each time you go out, which can quickly add up. Also, it’s less environmentally friendly than a sailboat, which uses minimal amounts of fuel.

The engines on powerboats are more expensive too. If for some reason you have to replace Or repair the engine on your boat, you can expect to pay a pretty penny. For that reason, it’s important to do regular check-ups and maintenance on your engine to keep it running smoothly.

The engine itself is also loud and smelly, which some people might say retracts from the experience of being out on the water. For people who get seasick especially, that smell doesn’t help.

Basically, with a powerboat, expect to pay more and have an experience that’s focused more on the water activity, rather than the joy of being on the water.

Should You Buy a Sailboat?

Sailing is one of the oldest methods of transportation, and that classic romantic feeling remains. With sailing, you have to pay attention to wind conditions, before you go out and as you’re on the water.

Sailboat Pros

Many people prefer sailing because it forces you to be in tune with the elements and the boat itself. Sailing is a very hands-on activity that requires training and practice to do effortlessly.

Because more effort goes into sailing, most people find it to be a rewarding experience that rejuvenates and refreshes the senses and the mind. You could compare operating a sailboat to doing yoga. All the pieces have to flow together, including the people on board.

Even small sailboats have trolling motors onboard. But, most sailors try to use the motor as little as possible and rely solely on the wind and tides. Not having a large engine saves you money on fuel and maintenance costs.

Sailing is much better for the environment than powerboats are. Sailing doesn't do any damage to the environment, as long as you stay off reefs and don’t allow trash to fall into the water. Motor usage is minimal, so you don’t contribute to the world’s fuel consumption as much. Many sailors pride themselves on being able to sail their boat without using the motor at all, even when it comes to docking.

Also, since sailboats rely on the wind, you can travel anywhere in the world if you want. There are countless accounts of people crossing oceans with only the wind in their sails.

Or, if sailing across the Atlantic isn’t for you, many people enjoy island hopping in the Caribbean for months at a time. If that appeals to you, you might be a sailor.

Unlike with a motorboat, you can go virtually anywhere on a sailboat with a bit of weather planning and manpower, no fuel necessary.

Sailing is a more satisfying experience and a quieter one as well. Since wind powers a sailboat, there’s no engine noise or smell to hinder your experience.

Some might say sailboats are for those people who are more adventurous at heart.

Sailboat Cons

Even though some people enjoy the hands-on aspect of sailing, it does require training.  It’s dangerous to operate a sailboat on open water without proper knowledge of its workings.

Sailboats have a lot of moving parts and hardware. Many people grow up sailing and get their experience that way. But, if you aren’t someone who grew up sailing, you should consider a sailing class or even asking an experienced sailor to take you out and teach you what they know.

If you’re someone who doesn’t want to take the time to learn how to sail , it might not be the right boat for you.

Then, there’s the fact that you’re reliant on the right conditions for sailing. If there’s no wind or too much wind, your sailing experience won’t be as enjoyable or even possible. If you live somewhere that doesn’t have regularly good sailing conditions, that might prove to be a major con for you.

Or, if you don’t have a schedule that allows you to go sailing whenever the conditions are right (which could be in the middle of the week), you might not get as much sailing time out of your sailboat as you’d like.

There is no quick outing on a sailboat. It requires planning with the weather and tides, setting up the rigging and sails, and being at the mercy of the wind. So, if you don’t want your outing to take up most of the day, sailing might not be for you.

Because sailboats have deeper hulls, you have to be careful of shallow areas. It is possible to get stuck with a sailboat.

Also, many people choose to keep their sailboat in a slip at a marina because anything over 20’ is more difficult to transport and store. With a deck slip, you can keep the mast up and the rigging ready to go, so there’s less set up a time when you do want to go out.

So, if you’re in the market for a sailboat, make sure to check the cost of local dock slips as well and decide if that’s in your budget.

Because of the sails, mast, and rigging, you have less deck space with a sailboat. To get the deck space you desire, you’ll likely have to counter with a larger sailboat.

Finally, sailing is more of a commitment than a powerboat, but it’s a more rewarding experience that boating purists deem worth it.

Sailboat vs Powerboat: Which is Right for You?

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to deciding on a sailboat or a powerboat. Ultimately, it comes down to what kind of boating experience you’re looking for, and how much time you’re willing to commit to it.

Motorboats are a hobby, while sailboats are more of a lifestyle.

If you want to get out on the water without much fuss on choice weekends with your friends and family, a powerboat will get you out there. But, expect to pay high fuel prices and sacrifice some of the experience of being on the water.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a way to get closer to nature, yourself, and possibly explore the world, a sailboat is the vessel for you. A sailboat requires more training to operate, more time to plan trips, and often you get fewer amenities with it.

Despite that, sailing is a purer boating experience that forces you to focus on the task at hand and the elements around you. If you plan to sail with your family or friends, it’ll be a bonding experience for everyone involved.

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Differences Distinguishing the Catamaran Vs. Motor Yacht

At the end of this section, everything that distinguishes these two sailing boats from each other will be at your fingertips.

The Shape And Number Of Hulls

As you must be aware, motor yachts have mono hulls, while catamarans (CATS) have multi-hulls. 

But what does this mean? 

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First, you need to understand that a boat’s hull refers to the body of the watercraft. It sits on top and also lies below the water. 

The mono hull takes a V-shape, and most of the bottom of the hull will be underwater. However, when dealing with CATs (multi-hull) systems, you’d notice a planning or displacement hull system. ( source )

Only a tiny section of the hull’s bottom will be below the water with these hulls. It makes the catamaran perfect for shallow water sailing. ( source )

The presence of the multi-hull system in the catamaran is the basis for most of its advantages. Some of which include; 

  • Better stability when docked and when underway
  • Saving fuel costs when the weather is favorable

Number Of Engines 

The number of engines in the catamaran and motor boat is another crucial player that determines the difference in performance.

Cats often feature twin engines which translate to higher speed and better maneuverability. Not to mention that if one engine fails, you have a backup engine. ( source )

These Catamarans and their dual engines are also known to sail faster downwind. It is traceable to the shallow immersion of the hulls, which means less drag. ( source )

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However, when placed in an upwind sailing showdown, the motor yacht wins. It is because the undercarriage will experience pounding and slapping. ( source )

Available Space And Comfort

The difference in available space is as clear as day. It is because of the difference in the hull shape.

The catamaran has ample space in areas like the salon, galley, and flybridge. Even its cabins are more comfortable, and you’d be able to sit upright. Also, unlike the motor yacht, several cabins in a catamaran are ensuite. 

Additionally, comfort is a priority on the catamaran. It can fit larger electronic appliances like fridges, dishwashers, and freezers. Besides, you can finally say goodbye to sea sickness caused by wave impact with the CAT. Accelerometer tests show that catamarans have a 25% reduction in G forces. ( source )

Pricing And Cost

Also quite clear is the margin in the cost of purchasing or chartering a catamaran . Compared to a motor yacht, you’d find that you’d be spending more on the catamaran. 

Additionally, since catamarans are larger, you’d spend more to get a berthing space in the marina. But you also should know that the catamaran is not all cons and no pros in terms of cost and pricing. After all, it suffers only a slight reduction in resell value.

Final Thoughts

We’ve informed you about the differences between a catamaran and a motor yacht. Ensure you consider the time of the year you plan sailing, your budget, and the number of people on board before opting for either of these sailing choices.

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If you’re in the market for your first water-faring vessel, then you may wonder about the differences between a boat and a personal watercraft. In this explanatory guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know.

What are the differences between a boat and a personal watercraft? Boats and personal watercraft are different in areas such as vessel shape and size, speed, storage, carrying capacity, maintenance, and price. 

If you want to learn even more about what separates personal watercraft and boats, this guide will explain more fully. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll know which vessel you should buy!

What Is a Boat?

Technically, a boat is a watercraft, but it’s not a personal watercraft. (If that doesn’t yet make sense, it will soon).

Boats come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, but what separates them from ships is their size. Ships are larger and thus have a greater carrying capacity than boats. 

A boat can be used in all sorts of different bodies of water, from placid bodies like lakes and streams to bays and oceans. 

Boats are also available powered or unpowered. A powered boat requires those on board to use a pole, paddle, or oar to manually propel the boat forward as well as do other maneuvers. 

A powered boat usually has an engine, be that an outboard or inboard engine, that allows the boat to reach variable speeds on the water. Batteries, a steam engine, and an internal combustion engine are other sources of power. 

An engine needn’t always be the source of power. A boat with sails is also considered a powered vessel. The boat would rely on the wind to navigate. 

The Types of Boats

There are many, many types of boats out there. Perhaps in the future, I’ll explore the full list, but for now, I just want you to have a clear idea of what constitutes a boat.

Thus, these are the most popular types of boats.

  • Banana boat: No, not like the sunscreen company. A banana boat is an inflatable boat shaped, appropriately enough, like a banana. Often used for cargo, a banana boat can carry passengers as well, usually up to 10.
  • Jon boat: Jon boats are flat or almost flat bottom boats commonly made of polyethylene (plastic), aluminum, fiberglass, or even wood sometimes. They’re often rectangular in shape with a blunt nose. Jon boats are relatively cheaper than other boats and easier to transport due to their being lightweight.
  • Ski boat: Ski boats are inboard boats with a unique propeller and engine configuration that allow the boat to achieve fast speeds.
  • Pontoon boat: The classic pontoon is a large, rectangular, flat, slow-traveling boat. Supported by dual pontoon tubes, a pontoon can be as large as 30 feet and carry large numbers of passengers. Pontoons are beloved for their stability.
  • Jet boat: If you have the need for speed, a jet boat will satisfy. These highly maneuverable boats feature a propulsion system that sends water behind the boat as you race.
  • Lifeboat: You don’t use a lifeboat for recreational boating, but rather, these types of boats exist to save lives. A lifeboat will carry life jackets, medical supplies, and possibly food and water as well.
  • Motor yacht: An upscale type of boat, a motor yacht includes up to two engines, typically diesel engines. These boats turn heads and make people yearn for the good life on the sea.
  • Cabin cruiser: An enclosed type of boat, cabin cruisers are very luxurious as well. The boat has a galley and runs on a generator so it can offer air conditioning. Designed for saltwater bodies, a cabin cruiser utilizes rudder steering, a wide berth, and a deep V-shaped bottom.
  • Game boat: A game boat is for game fishing. With a fiberglass shell and gas or diesel engine, a game boat features a cooking galley, plumbing system, and sleeping quarters so you can take an extended fishing trip.
  • Runabout boat: A runabout boat is a casual type of boat for water skiing, fishing, and boat racing. The capacity of one of these boats is tremendous, as a runabout can fit upwards of eight people. 
  • Trawler boat: Another style of fishing boat, a trawler features a displacement hull and a slow speed. The fuel efficiency is great so you can travel longer without going through your fuel supply.
  • Cuddy cabin: A cuddy cabin has an aluminum or fiberglass skeleton, fishing features, plenty of storage, and an enclosed deck. You can also use a cuddy cabin for watersports.
  • Catamaran: The sailing catamaran has two long hulls equidistant to one another. Each hull lacks volume but has a shallow draft and a high rate of displacement. You can cruise on one of these boats for a fun day trip. Catamarans come in handy for fishing too.
  • Center console boat: A center console boat is the one for you if your boating adventures sometimes take you off the beaten path. Designed for offshore waterways, even the rougher ones, a center console also makes an excellent fishing vessel.
  • Dinghy boat: A dinghy refers to a sailboat, rowboat, or inflatable boat. These are non-powered boats that require you to use sails or oars to steer. Some might have outboard engines, but this is considered uncommon.
  • Houseboat: Houseboats are designed for full-time living on the water. While that’s not for everyone, houseboats have what you need, including plenty of amenities inside for sleeping, cooking, bathing, and living.
  • Deck boat: A deck boat is a boat measuring 25 to 35 feet long. The boat is characterized by its wider beam, V hull, and power drive. Deck boats have even more room for passengers than you would expect!
  • Bowrider: Considered a good family boat, a bowrider offers a swimming platform for diving, plenty of space, and room for at least eight people. The V-shaped hull allows a bowrider to traverse all sorts of waters. 

What Is a Personal Watercraft?

Next, let’s switch gears and discuss what a personal watercraft is. 

A personal watercraft is sometimes called a jet ski, a water scooter, or simply a PWC. 

You can select from two personal watercraft styles, the first being a stand-up PWC and the second a sit-down PWC.

A stand-up personal watercraft requires the rider to–as you might have guessed–stand while riding. 

A sit-down personal watercraft, which is sometimes referred to as a runabout, allows the rider to sit while riding. 

Jet skis and other types of personal watercraft feature an inboard engine. The engine activates a pump jet with an impeller that allows the rider to steer and receive enough thrust to move forward on the water. 

Boat vs. Personal Watercraft

Now that you have a much clearer picture in your mind about what a boat and personal watercraft are respectively, let’s go over the differences between boats and personal watercrafts. 

Boats come in a multitude of shapes, as the section on the various types of boats should have proven. 

Some are large and boxy such as pontoon boats. Many more feature refined V-shaped hulls.

There’s a reason for this recurring feature. A V-shaped hull enables a boat to slice swiftly and easily through the water, which also increases the boat’s speed potential (more on this to come).

That’s why you so commonly see personal watercraft with V-shaped hulls as well. 

PWCs, like boats, are on the market in a variety of sizes. 

  • Sit-down personal watercraft can measure anywhere from 40 to 50 inches wide and 120 to 130 inches long. 
  • A stand-up personal watercraft has an average width of 25 to 30 inches and a standard length of 80 to 100 inches. 

Some boats are sized about the same as a personal watercraft.

Much more often though, a boat will outsize a PWC by a significant margin, especially if we’re comparing a jet ski to a pontoon boat, a houseboat, or a yacht. 

Storage Capacity 

Whether you’re taking a day trip with your entire family or even plan on staying a night or two on your vessel, storage capacity is important.

You can’t exactly camp out on a personal watercraft. The vessel simply doesn’t have the size or the amenities for that.

Thus, the storage capacity is about commensurate with what you’d expect of a PWC’s size. You might have front, under-seat, or rear storage, but we’re talking storage compartments. That’s all. 

These compartments are designed to hold your phone, some drinks, a few snacks, and other essentials, but nothing extensive.

Boats, given that they’re usually larger than PWCs, do have a greater storage capacity.

At the very least, you’ll find dedicated storage areas and cubbies for more significant storage than that mentioned above.

For enclosed boats designed for multiday boating excursions, you’ll have more ample storage still for keeping clothes, shoes, and everyday essentials safe from the water. 

Passenger Capacity

A personal watercraft, at the very least, is made for a single passenger. At most, these vessels can carry four people.

PWC models with such a high passenger capacity are uncommon, though. More than likely, most personal watercraft you see will be able to carry two people, maybe three tops.

The passenger capacity of a boat varies by a huge degree. 

Some boats are more intimate and only allow for two or three people including the driver. Other boats can easily carry groups of between four and eight people.

The biggest boats may easily be able to transport a dozen people. 


When it comes to maintaining your vessel, is that easier to do with a boat or a personal watercraft?

While I would say that depends on the size of the boat, a PWC is generally the easier to maintain of the two. 

The internal mechanisms that drive a personal watercraft are less complex than that of a boat, which makes the PWC easier to understand and thus personally upkeep. 

A personal watercraft such as a jet ski is also often smaller than a boat as well. With fewer parts in general, be those moving or unmoving parts, you won’t spend as much time or as much money on maintenance.

Offseason Storage Options

A personal watercraft is small enough that you can lift it from the water, cover it, and store it in your garage until winter ends and the warm, long days fill the calendar again.

Granted, not all PWCs are that lightweight. Some weigh hundreds of pounds and others over a thousand pounds. You can’t lug those around nearly as easily.

When it comes to storing a boat, if yours is smaller, then you can follow the PWC storage method and slap a cover on the boat and stash it in your garage away from direct sunlight.

Much more often though, you’ll have to pay to keep your boat in an enclosed, climate-controlled environment.

The last significant difference between a boat and a personal watercraft is the price. 

The average cost of a new jet ski is between $5,000 and $20,000, with most buyers paying somewhere in the ballpark of $12,500. 

As for the cost of a new boat, it’s all over the map depending on the factors discussed above such as shape, size, and carrying capacity. 

Here’s a list that goes over the types of boats and their accompanying prices when bought new:

  • Yachts – $30,000 and up
  • Cabin cruisers – $100,000 to $500,000
  • Houseboats – $100,000 and up
  • Trawlers – $90,000 and up
  • Speedboats – $75,000 and up
  • Cuddy cabins – $50,000 and up
  • Fishing boats – $25,000 to $100,000
  • Deck boats – $20,000 to $50,000
  • Pontoon boats – $15,000 to $50,000
  • Sailboats – $12,000 and up
  • Bow riders – $15,000 to $50,000
  • Catamarans – $10,000 and up
  • Jon boats – $500 to $3,000

Unless you’re interested in buying a very simple boat for daytime use like a jon boat, then you’re going to pay significantly more money for a new boat than a new PWC. 

Once you get into used boats versus used watercraft, the line can become blurrier. 

Generally, older boats will sell for cheaper prices commensurate with the costs of a new jet ski.

If you want a newer used boat in better condition, you’d still end up paying more for a used boat than a used personal watercraft.  

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If you’re looking for a new way to explore the open waters, an open motorboat might be the perfect fit.

From the thrill of speed to the peacefulness of a sunset cruise, open motorboats offer an incredibly versatile way to enjoy the water.

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of open motorboats, from the benefits to the safety considerations, so you can make an informed decision.

Let’s get started!

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Short Answer

An open motorboat is a type of boat that is powered by an engine and has an open deck, usually without a canopy or any other kind of protection from the elements.

This type of boat is typically used for recreational activities such as fishing, skiing, and water sports.

They are usually lightweight, easy to maneuver, and relatively inexpensive to buy and maintain.

What is an Open Motorboat?

An open motorboat is a type of recreational boat with an open deck and an outboard motor for propulsion.

It typically has one or more seats, and is designed for speed and maneuverability.

Open motorboats are popular for leisure activities such as fishing, water sports, and sightseeing.

They are also used for commercial applications such as transportation and rescue services.

Open motorboats are typically made from fiberglass, aluminum, or wood.

They come in a variety of sizes, ranging from small personal boats to larger vessels that can carry up to 10 passengers.

The size of the boat will affect its performance and capabilities.

Smaller boats are typically more maneuverable, while larger boats may have a higher maximum speed.

Open motorboats are powered by outboard motors, which sit on the stern of the boat and are used to propel the vessel forward.

Outboard motors are available in different sizes and power ratings, ranging from small 2-stroke engines to larger 4-stroke engines.

The size of the engine will affect the speed and power of the boat.

Many open motorboats are equipped with features such as GPS navigation, outboard motors, and radios for communication while on the water.

These features can help to make boating safer and more enjoyable.

It is important to be aware of the local laws and regulations governing the use of open motorboats, and to always wear a personal flotation device when boating.

In conclusion, an open motorboat is a type of recreational boat that is powered by an outboard motor and is designed for speed and maneuverability.

They are popular for leisure activities such as fishing, water sports, and sightseeing.

Benefits of an Open Motorboat

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Open motorboats offer a number of benefits compared to other types of recreational boats.

Firstly, they are relatively affordable, and can be purchased for prices that are significantly lower than other types of boats.

Additionally, they are extremely versatile, and can be used for a variety of activities, including fishing, water sports, sightseeing, and commercial activities.

Furthermore, they are lightweight and easy to maneuver, which makes them ideal for navigating tight spaces and shallow waters.

Open motorboats are also usually equipped with modern features such as GPS navigation, outboard motors, and radios, which make them even more practical and enjoyable to use.

Finally, they require minimal maintenance, making them a great choice for those who want to enjoy the water without the hassle of dealing with complex repairs.

Types of Open Motorboats

Open motorboats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering a range of features and capabilities to suit different needs and preferences.

From more traditional designs that are great for leisurely outings, to high-performance vessels made for speed and maneuverability, there is an open motorboat for every type of boater.

Inflatable boats are the most popular type of open motorboat, as they are lightweight and easy to transport, store, and launch.

They are also affordable and require minimal maintenance.

However, inflatable boats are less durable and have lower maximum horsepower ratings than other types of open motorboats.

Pontoon boats are another popular type of open motorboat.

These vessels are designed with two or three pontoons, which provide stability and increased buoyancy on the water.

They are great for long-distance cruising and can be equipped with amenities such as seating, tables, and grills.

Speedboats are the fastest type of open motorboat and are designed for speed and maneuverability.

They are usually equipped with a powerful outboard motor and are capable of reaching high speeds.

Speedboats are often used for racing and water sports, such as wakeboarding and waterskiing.

Fishing boats are designed with features specifically for anglers.

They are usually equipped with a trolling motor, an anchor, rod holders, and plenty of storage space for tackle and equipment.

Fishing boats also come in a variety of sizes and styles, from small, lightweight vessels to larger, sturdier vessels.

Finally, there are specialized open motorboats designed for specific activities, such as rescue and transportation services.

These vessels are often equipped with features such as GPS navigation, powerful outboard motors, and radios for communication while on the water.

No matter what type of open motorboat you choose, it is important to make sure that it is the right size and has the features you need.

If you are unsure of what type of boat is best for you, it is always a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable boat dealer or experienced boater.

Safety Considerations

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When operating an open motorboat, safety should be top of mind for all passengers.

Since open motorboats are designed for speed and maneuverability, they are more likely to encounter hazardous conditions on the water.

It is important to check the weather conditions before setting out, and to wear a life jacket at all times.

In addition, all passengers should be aware of their surroundings, and take necessary precautions when in unfamiliar waters.

It is also important to equip the boat with the necessary safety equipment, such as a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and emergency signaling device.

Finally, it is important to know the rules and regulations for operating a vessel in the area, as well as the laws for protecting the local marine environment.

By following these safety precautions, open motorboat operators can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience out on the water.

Operating an Open Motorboat

Operating an open motorboat is a fun and rewarding experience for recreational users and commercial operators alike.

For those looking to get the most out of their boat, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind.

First and foremost, it is important to understand the local regulations and safety requirements for operating an open motorboat.

Depending on the area, operators may need to obtain a license or other certification before they are legally allowed to be on the water.

Additionally, it is important to understand the basics of navigation and proper boat operation, including how to read nautical charts, operate navigational systems, and follow safe boating practices.

When operating an open motorboat, it is essential to practice safe boating at all times.

This includes wearing a life jacket, staying aware of your surroundings, and understanding the proper protocol for passing other vessels and navigating in congested areas.

Additionally, it is important to check the weather conditions before heading out, as well as to be aware of any potential hazards or obstacles in the water.

Finally, it is important to remain aware of the legal limits on speed and other regulations that may apply to your area.

Overall, operating an open motorboat can be a fun and rewarding experience.

By understanding the local regulations and safety requirements, as well as following proper boating practices, you can ensure that your time on the water is safe and enjoyable.

Outfitting an Open Motorboat

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Outfitting an open motorboat can be an exciting and rewarding experience.

Outfitting the boat with the right equipment will ensure you get the most out of your motorboat and have a successful outing.

Here is what you should consider when outfitting your open motorboat.

The first step in outfitting your open motorboat is selecting an appropriate outboard motor.

Outboard motors come in a variety of sizes and power levels, and you must choose a motor that is sized appropriately for your boat and the type of activity you plan to do.

If your boat is large enough, you may also consider outfitting it with an inboard motor, which can provide more power and greater fuel economy.

Next, you should consider the type of navigation and communication equipment you will need.

Many open motorboats are equipped with a GPS navigation system.

This will allow you to track your location and navigate safely in unfamiliar waters.

Additionally, you should consider a VHF radio for communication with other boats and marinas, and an AIS receiver to identify other vessels in the area.

You should also consider safety equipment such as life jackets, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit.

Life jackets are essential for everyone on board and should be worn at all times.

A fire extinguisher should be kept handy in case of an emergency.

A first aid kit should be stocked with bandages, antiseptic ointment, and a few other basic supplies for treating minor injuries.

Finally, you should consider the types of accessories you will need for your open motorboat.

These can include fishing rods, bait, tackle, lines, and other fishing equipment.

You may also want to invest in a tow rope, a fishing net, and some extra fuel.

Other accessories such as a cooler, a waterproof bag, and a waterproof phone case may also be useful.

Outfitting your open motorboat is an important part of the process.

By taking the time to select the right equipment and accessories, you will be able to enjoy your time on the water safely and comfortably.

Local Laws and Regulations

When it comes to open motorboats, its important to understand the local laws and regulations that govern their use.

Every state has its own set of laws and regulations that apply to open motorboats, and its important to be aware of them before going out on the water.

Generally speaking, open motorboats must follow the same rules as other motorized boats, such as staying a certain distance away from other boats, obeying navigational markers, and avoiding restricted areas.

In addition to state laws, open motorboats may also be subject to local regulations, such as speed limits or size restrictions.

Its important to check with your local government to make sure you are in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.

Some states also require open motorboats to be registered and equipped with safety equipment, such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and whistles.

In addition, open motorboats must adhere to other safety measures, such as wearing life jackets and avoiding alcohol while operating the vessel.

Its also important to have the necessary knowledge and experience to safely operate the boat.

Taking a boating safety course is a great way to make sure youre up to speed on the latest safety regulations and best practices.

Whether youre out for a leisurely cruise or taking part in a water sport, its important to be aware of the laws and regulations governing the use of open motorboats.

By understanding the rules and following proper safety procedures, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience out on the water.

Final Thoughts

Open motorboats provide a great way to explore the outdoors, whether it’s for leisure activities, commercial applications, or simply sightseeing.

With their speed and maneuverability, they can be used for a variety of purposes.

It is important to consider safety when operating an open motorboat, as well as familiarizing yourself with local laws and regulations.

Taking the time to properly outfit and maintain your open motorboat will further ensure your safety and enjoyment out on the water.

If you’re looking for a way to explore the water, an open motorboat is a great place to start!

James Frami

At the age of 15, he and four other friends from his neighborhood constructed their first boat. He has been sailing for almost 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge that he wants to share with others.

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Sailboat vs. Powerboat: What's the Best Liveaboard?

So you've chosen to live on a boat—the first step towards a pretty awesome dream. Now you gotta start figuring out the logistics. First of which is the choice of the kind of boat you wanna be using - sailboat or a powerboat?

This article gives you all you need to know to make that choice, all the pros, and cons of both so you can easily decide which one is a better liveaboard for you.

What's the best liveaboard, sailboat or powerboat? Generally, sailboats tend to be better liveaboards, since they are more spacious, cheaper to buy, cheaper to operate, and provide better peace of mind than powerboats. Sailboat hulls are also among the most stable designs available. Powerboats are faster, but typically also smaller, and are a lot more expensive to run.

Here are the best liveaboard for different categories:

Let's dive deeper to help you decide what is best for you!

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Considerations for a liveaboard boat:

What type of boat is the best liveaboard, peace of mind, ease of use, communication devices, the romance of it all.

In deciding which boat type is best to live on, you need to consider the following categories:

  • Comfort - here it is a tie
  • Speed - here powerboats win
  • Peace of mind - sailboats are a winner
  • Cost - sailboats win again
  • Ease of use - powerboats take the prize
  • Communication - slight win for sailboats
  • Ecology - sailboats win
  • Romance - subjective, but sailboats tend to win

First of all, a small word of caution - while researching the age-old 'sailboat vs powerboat' question, be careful when reading opinions - instead, look at simple facts. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a PC vs Mac kind of situation, with two zealous camps that would swear by their choice no matter what. Objectivity is tough to find.

So remember - it is all about facts and how these suit your specific needs. I myself do have a bias but will keep it to myself. I've spent a fair amount of time on both sailboats and powerboats, so I'll just be honest, and will let you choose.

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Since we are talking about liveaboards, let's start with comfort, because over time, that will become one of the most important aspects for most.

There is no clear 'winner' in this category, as there are pros and cons to both, but when we get to the subcategories, things start to be a bit more clear.

So, for instance, when it comes to space, powerboats tend to be more open. By design, they are usually boxier, which makes for a larger amount of interior space.

Sailboats, on the other hand, take hydrodynamics into account, so their hulls are narrower and sleeker, which is great for efficiency but eats away at the space.

The same goes for deck space. Since on a powerboat, there are no masts, sails, or lines to get in your way, it is more comfortable to move around. Powerboats also often have a flybridge, creating another 'floor' which adds to the overall usable space. And adds a whole lot to visibility.

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Things change quite dramatically when we get moving or into rougher seas, though. Thanks to the heavy and deep-reaching keels, sailboats are way more stable and will keep more level.

As opposed to powerboats that don't have these keels, have shallower drafts, and as a result, high center of gravity, so the movement of the waves translates to the hull a lot. They dance around on waves, so expect plenty of broken mugs and hard times when cooking.

The seasick ones will suffer, and so will comfort. This is to such an extent that smart people of the world developed gyroscopes for powerboats that keep them more level. But that is a solution for larger boats only, and it's also an expensive and power-consuming one.

Then again, when under sail, sailboats heel, especially if going 'against' the wind. Meaning your world will suddenly shift potentially tens of degrees. Those who don't like heeling, be aware.

When talking about comfort, I gotta mention the noise and vibrations. When I was speeding around the islands of Croatia on a 46 ft Jeanneau powerboat, I honestly dreaded the moments under power and couldn't wait to get to my destination so I could turn the engine off. Even if you enjoy the roar of a motor, it gets seriously annoying after a while.

For liveaboards, speed usually isn't a priority, but you should know what to expect from your purchase.

Yes, powerboats are generally faster than sailboats. The average cruising speed of a sailboat is somewhere around 6 - 8 knots, while powerboats can easily go around 20 or more if you put your foot down.

But wait, there is a twist! You see, the hull speed is the same for both sailboats and powerboats. Once you want to go over it, the power demands increase drastically, and the power to speed efficiency curve just drops to hell.

Now whether that is good or bad depends on whether you mind that or not. We will discuss cost, comfort, and other implications of high fuel consumption later. But it is safe to say that for passages where efficiency is a thing, the powerboat's power actually doesn't bring much extra speed.

But to be fair, powerboats pick a direction and go straight towards it. Wind power and direction have less influence on their speed and direction than on that of sailboats that have to tack, meaning they have to go a longer route and whose speed drops with the wind.

Very important factor. After all, it is supposed to be your home, and if your home doesn't bring you comfort but rather constant stress, it isn't much of a home, is it? So peace of mind is a big part.

Now there isn't a huge difference between the reliability of a powerboat and a sailboat. They both respond similarly to crashes and waves rolling over them, though a sailboat is harder to capsize.

What needs mentioning is the means of propulsion. Accidents happen, and if your engine breaks on a powerboat, you will either have to tow yourself with a dinghy if you have one, or pay for a tow service.

Neither is a very comfortable option if you are in the middle of a long passage, hundreds, if not thousands of miles from the coast.

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A sailboat, on the other hand, has an engine, mainsail, and the foresail, so unless all three of these break, you always have a backup. Actually, even if your sails rip and mast breaks, there is a fair chance you will be able to fashion some sort of a sail to get moving.

This ties into another topic, which is the range. A sailboat has, theoretically, an unlimited range . That gives you peace of mind when planning journeys since you won't have to calculate how much fuel to take on longer journeys and whether there are fuel stop options on the way. And if you realize your passage is too long for your diesel tank, you won't have to fill your boat with stinky fuel cans.

Unless you've got an electric engine and solar panels, that is. Which is a thing these days, one I hope to see more of.

Of course, we have to talk about the cost of it all. This will be a deciding factor for many. Let's first address what's on everybody's mind - fuel. A powerboat will consume large amounts of it, and it costs.

With a consumption of around 6 l/nm, the aforementioned Jeanneau ate up around $1,100 daily on fuel, and though we were covering quite a lot of distance that a liveaboard necessarily wouldn't, this isn't a negligible budget item for many.

Sailboats have motors too, but they don't use them that often and even if they did, all the time, because of better hydrodynamics, they need less fuel to get around.

Moving on to upkeep costs, with sailboats you'll need to pay for the maintenance of sails and rigging. Most boat owners replace sails every 5 - 10 years, and for a 30 something footer, this will cost around $4,000. Give or take a lot depending on the usage, materials, and all that jazz, but you get the point.

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Then again, powerboat engines are significantly more expensive, and since they are used more often, they will require maintenance and replacement more often. So all in all, none is a clear winner when it comes to maintenance costs.

Last but not least, there is the purchase cost. This is a tricky one to answer - generally, powerboats are more expensive to purchase, but when buying a boat, there are so many variables to consider, like size, power, condition, equipment, that you would be better off looking at specific offers that are in your geographical and financial range than going by a rule of thumb.

Unlike the previous matter, this has a clear winner. Powerboats are way easier to use. They require less upfront knowledge to get from point A to point B.

If a person who has never been on a boat gets on a powerboat, I am confident they will be able to get to their destination without much hassle (if the seas are calm).

On the other hand, operating sails isn't intuitive. On the contrary, I mean - sailing against the wind? What the hell, right? Yet it is possible.

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On a powerboat, you just press a lever and go; not much more effort is needed. On a sailboat, you gotta move around more and work with sails. Now whether that's a good or a bad thing I'll leave up to you.

I'm not sure if this belongs here or to the 'peace of mind' category, but powerboats have a much shallower draft.

With a sailboat, you need to be aware of your keel that goes several meters deep, and you won't be able to go to shallow places that would be reachable by powerboats.

In practice, this isn't really a thing that would make your sailing experience any different from that on a powerboat, but you gotta be mindful of it when going close to the shore.

This is something to think about, though it isn't often considered. The main communication tool of sailors is the VHF, which is a line of sight thing. So having a tall mast to put your transmitter on is a definite plus as you will gain miles and miles of additional range.

Then again, with satellite communications, you have to take into account mast shadow, which creates interference - something powerboats don't have to deal with.

I know, I know, many of you are rolling your eyes now. But the greenness of it all is a hot topic these days and is becoming hotter every year (Global warming joke, get it? Haha.). So there is a fair chance that many of the aspiring boat owners take this into account too.

And the winner here is clear - unless you've got a solar-powered boat, a sailboat is a much more eco-friendly option. And your home won't be called a 'stinky' by the fellow seamen.

This one is rather intangible, and some might say unimportant - but let's be honest, it is what we all got into sailing for, not for spacious salon layouts, good mileage, or hydrodynamic hulls, but for the romance of it. Now which side you will stand on here is a matter of opinion rather than something you can measure, so I'll give you mine, and you see what you wanna do with it.

On powerboats, you get the feeling of power and speed that an equally priced sailboat just won't provide. Which is cool, I gotta give them that.

But sailing to me seems more romantic. Not in the hearts and flowers kinda way, but in the Jack Sparrow one. You feel free, the sense of adventure is there, sailboats seem to have a soul that powerboats don't.

Powerboats are a set of parts that go, but on a sailboat, all these parts put together create freedom. And yes, I kinda stole Jack Sparrow's quote here.

I've heard somewhere that when you get on a powerboat, you do it to get somewhere. But when you get on a sailboat, you're already there.

I'm not exactly sure why, perhaps it is the unlimited range, thus the possibility to theoretically go anywhere without needing much, perhaps it is the fact that a sailboat is more in tune with the sea and weather and wind, but it just feels homier.

And finding this homey feeling on the sea is what you came here for.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Powerboat vs. a Sailboat

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The decision between owning a sailboat vs. owning a powerboat can be a tough choice. The marina costs for both will be the same (depending on their size), and they both will have maintenance expenses related to their motors and other equipment. The real differences lie in how you intend to use it and what kind of experience you hope to have on the water.  


If you want to fish and relax on the water, then the powerboat is the right choice for you. If you feel a sense of pride in navigating the water and weather with your own bare hands, then a sailboat will be more your style.

We’ve put together a list of pros and cons in owning and operating a powerboat vs. a sailboat to help you make your decision between the two lifestyles.

A powerboat is an ultimate Bay and ocean boat and is great transport for bays or short fishing trips into the wide-open water. Whenever you get the urge, you can hop in, turn the key, and go wherever your heart desires.

  • Low Clearance. If you have bridges between you and many of your planned destinations, you’ll want to get a powerboat. No need to worry about mast height preventing you from taking a trip.


  • Motor Sound. If you don’t like the constant noise of a powerful engine, then the loud motor on the powerboat will be a con for you.

A sailboat is the perfect boat for people who want to connect to the water and weather on a primal level and understand how to navigate the world on their own power. If you want to live the ultimate boating adventure and explore the world by boat, then a sailboat is the boat you want.

  • Quiet. Because sailboats rely on wind instead of the power of a motor, the ride is quiet. Only the sounds of the surrounding water, the whistling wind and the snapping of the sails to keep you company.
  • Energy-Consuming. Sailing is a very hands-on lifestyle. It is often said that those with powerboats live for the destination, while those with sailboats live for the journey. A journey in a sailboat requires constant adjustment of the sails, steering, and sometimes even adjusting your plans if the weather turns.

Whether you decide on a powerboat or a sailboat, Atomic Tuna Yachts has the perfect boat for you. Contact us to find out what boat is right for you and your lifestyle.  


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Sailboat vs. Motorsailer | How They Compare & How They Differ?

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Sailing as a hobby is a fun, relaxing, and often invigorating experience. People from all backgrounds can enjoy setting sail and taking in the fresh humid air. If you’re just getting acquainted with the sailing world—or even if you’ve been around boats for years—there are tons of things to learn. There are many different types of sailboats, and there are various uses for each type. Many people consider sailboats vs. motorsailers and how they compare and differ. When making a purchase, you want to make sure you’re getting the best boat for your needs.

What are the differences between traditional sailboats and motorsailers? There are big differences in cruising when it comes to sailboats vs. motorsailers, but the main difference is that sailboats are powered by the force of the wind, while motorsailers use an engine to sail.

Read on to learn how sailboats and motorsailers compare, as well as some things they have in common.

Sailboats vs. Motorsailers: What’s the Difference and How Do You Choose?

People have been sailing on the water for centuries. Since their beginning, boats have been used for many different reasons, from trade to protection to sport! Depending on your personal preferences, you may choose either a pure sailboat or a motorsailer.

While a motorsailer is a type of sailboat, it still has many aspects that set it apart from the pure sailboat, specifically what makes the boat move forward in the water. Choosing which boat is best for you should be based on your preferences and skills when it comes to sailing. (And remember, you don’t have to get tied down to just one boat. Many sellers provide the option of renting boats for those who want to test the waters first. No pun intended. )

When you’re deciding to purchase either a traditional sailboat or a motorsailer, you must consider what your goals are with sailing and cruising. Asking yourself the following questions before you start shopping is a great way to narrow down your search:

  • Are you a beginner in sailing?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you plan on traveling long distances?
  • Do you want to have passengers with you, or do you prefer to sail alone?
  • Do you plan on living aboard the boat?
  • What type of body of water do you plan on sailing?
  • What do you plan on using your boat for?

Each boat comes with its own benefits and disadvantages. It’s up to you, the sea voyager, to do your research, learn about each type, talk to professionals, and decide which is best for you.

Fortunately for you, we put together this complete guide to learning about and purchasing these vessels. Continue reading to learn about some facts and features of each to get started on your journey.

Sailboats: How They Work and If They’re Right for You

When you close your eyes and think of sailboats, what do you see? You may think of peaceful, quiet afternoons on a breezy bay, cruising in the wind. However, over the years, these boats have advanced to become capable of so much more than their humble roots. Sailboats can race, go long distances—whatever you can dream of!

But what exactly are sailboats? Sailboats are small, personal vehicles that are propelled by sails smaller than sailing ships. They use the force of the wind to sail forward.

There are many different types of sailboats that range from small sailing dinghies to large, luxurious yachts over 200 feet long. The classification all depends on their size and purpose.

How Do Sailboats Work?

Sailboats don’t have to be complicated. They have a few common parts that each have their purpose when it comes to propelling the vessel. To put it simply, sailboats are powered and propelled by the wind.

Each common sailboat has the following components:

  • The Hull is the shell of the boat that contains its internal components. It has a symmetrical shape that balances the boat and reduces the backward pull from its movement in the water.
  • The Tiller is a piece that can be compared to a car’s steering wheel.
  • If the tiller is the steering wheel, the Rudder is the boat’s “tire.”
  • The Mainsail is the larger sail that takes in the bulk of the wind to propel the boat forward.
  • The Mast is a long vertical pole.
  • The Boom is a long pole that’s parallel to the deck. This can be rotated 360 degrees horizontally to give the mainsail as much wind as possible.
  • The Jib is a smaller, triangular sail that adds power to the mainsail.
  • The Keel is a slim plank that extends from the bottom of the hull. It provides balancing underwater that keeps the boat from tipping.

When the boom is pivoted perpendicular to the wind, the mainsail will puff outward. It’s pretty well-known about sailing that you want the wind at your back in order to give your boat the most force to move forward.

These types of boats mainly rely on ballast for stability, which can be 30-50% of the boat’s weight.

Exploring the Types of Sailboats

Your options are endless when it comes to the traditional sailboat. There are many different types of sailboats, which are all categorized by their components:

  • Hull type: catamaran, monohull, trimaran
  • Keel type: fin, wing, bilge, daggerboard, or centerboard
  • Mast and sail configuration: sloop, fractional rig sloop, yawl, schooner, ketch, yawl, cutter, cat

Want to move fast? The speed a boat can reach will depend on its build and its size. Racing boats tend to be sleek, light, and slim. Large, bulky ships tend to cruise more slowly due to drag and friction.

Who Are Sailboats Good for?

Sailboats have a long history; in the past, they were used as early as Ancient Egyptian times. The Egyptians used sails to travel upstream against the Nile River’s current. They were also used to create international trade routes.

Today, people use them for many things, but most often for recreation. Cruising and racing are some of the most popular hobbies of sailboat owners. Small dinghies tend to be better for racing. There are even professional sailboat racing teams!

You can cruise a sailboat in a variety of bodies of water like lakes, rivers, canals, coastal waters, and, of course, oceans. Many people choose sailboats for quick daytime sailing or weekend getaways. Sail solo, or bring a crew of your friends aboard for a great time!

Pros and Cons of Using a Traditional Sailboat

As with anything using a traditional sailboat comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few you should consider:

  • Over the years, advanced technology has allowed manufacturers to make sailboats more sturdy, but remain light at the same time. This allows them to move swiftly with little wind but remain durable cruise after cruise.
  • Sailboats are a great option for people who want to learn the process of manual sailing.
  • Because sailboats rely on environmental factors, you often have to wait for ideal weather and wind conditions before hitting the water. You need a calm patch of waves and ideal wind to have a good cruise.
  • Next, sailboats don’t roll very much; they reach an angle of heel and pretty much remain there. The heel will depend on how much wind you get and how much sail you have. And the sail will depend on how hard you want to push the boat to get to your destination. This process will require some packing up, often more than what is required for cruising with a motorsailer.

When considering the cost of a sailboat, understand that it goes beyond simply the purchase price. You must also account for costs like insurance, dock fees, regular maintenance, upgrades, and more. Speak with a professional sailboat salesperson as you’re making your decision. Try to get the best recommendations for your budget and your needs.

Motorsailers: How They Work and If They’re Right for You

Motorsailers are a type of sailing vessel that is powered with an inboard engine in addition to its sails. Owners of this boat have the option to use the power of the engine or wind to the sails to move the boat.

These hybrid boats are great at aiding with propulsion backup and roll reduction. The added bonus is that you get to enjoy the fun of sailing, while also having the option to kick back and let the engine do its work if you want.

How Do Motorsailers Work?

The first version of the motorsailer came about after the invention of the steam engine. Back then, navies were wary about these new engines and instead relied on a large sailing rig as a backup for propelling their fighting ships. Unfortunately, many of these first powersailers were faulty and did not work well. Since then, we’ve made many advancements to the design and capabilities of the motorsailers we see on the water today.

Motorsailers can be equally powered by both the internal engine and the sails. These boats often have a large fixed propeller to aid in movement along the water.

Don’t confuse these boats with a powerboat. While they have a large engine like a powerboat, the motorsailer can still work well with wind alone. Many engines in boats are used as a backup, but the motorsailer’s engine was built to propel the boat forward with similar displacement speeds as traditional trawlers.

A cool feature of the motorsailer is its enclosed cockpit, also known as a doghouse. Some models may also come with a higher freeboard than pure sailboats. The inboard drive unit protrudes through the keel, which is sometimes more shallow than a vessel built purely for sailing.

Although many models of motorsailers are spacious and known for their luxury, much of the boat’s space is dedicated to fuel storage.

Exploring the Types of Motorsailers

The types of motorsailers vary. Many are built with luxury accommodations and are great options for living aboard. The size of motorsailers ranges from 35 feet or longer, up to 245 feet, often with two to three cabins. Motorsailers are a great option if you want to cruise overnight and sail in the day time.

Motorsailers come in a variety of types, which all depend on the ratio of sail propulsion to power. (These range from 30 percent sail/ 70 percent power up to 70 percent sail/ 30 percent power.)

Who Are Motorsailers Good for?

Motorsailers are great for long cruises because they are more comfortable, coming with a lot more space than traditional sailboats. They can be customized inside to be as welcoming as your home on land.

You can comfortably take them offshore in between ports or other anchorages fairly quickly. It all depends on the boat’s fuel tanks and its rate of consumption.

Once you get to know how to use motorsailers, you can get great sailing synergy. This can produce a net gain in speed over what would be possible by just using one method of propulsion. Three knots of fuel can get you seven to 10 knots of boat speed.

These types of boats are great for people who are trying to decide between a pure sailboat and a powerboat. If you can’t make that final decision, these boats are an ideal combination for indecisive boat-goers.

Pros and Cons of Using a Motorsailer

  • The motorsailer is often more convenient for a lot of people than pure sailboats. It allows you to have those lazy days when you don’t feel like setting up your sails.
  • These vessels can sit in flat water with minimal rolling. This minimizes the amount of packing up and strapping down for your decorations and personal kit. You just need to make sure you have ideal bilge keels or gyro-driven stabilizers.
  • Motorsailers can tackle a wide range of weather and sea conditions without damage or discomfort. They’re able to keep up a decent speed even if there is little to no wind. They’re also pretty nimble with the sail alone under a decent breeze.
  • This boat may be bulkier and heavier, which allows for more space for accommodations inside the boat.
  • One disadvantage of the motorsailer is the heeling angle. The wide stern and heavy displacement isn’t ideal for sailing. However, many owners of these boats still can cruise this way in a decent manner. The big keel can tend to slow you down a bit, but many sailors can cruise at a decent speed.
  • There is often a smaller rig on these boats, which may affect the sailing speed. Motorsailers come with more weight because of the engine and their larger gas and water tanks.
  • Many sailors say that because the boat is built half for sailing and half for powering, it’s only half as good at each use. While there may be some truth to this statement, many owners of motorsailers get along just fine and enjoy their powering and sailing.

There are many benefits to purchase (or even rent) a sailboat or motorsailer. Consider the facts and features for each of these boats when you’re choosing which boat to purchase or rent. And remember: there is no right or wrong answer to sailing. It’s all about your preferences, your style, your budget, and your needs.

It’s Time to Get Sailing!

Now that you understand some of the different types of sailboats and how they compare to motorsailers, it’s time to get out on the water. Choose the vessel that works for you, then enjoy your journey.

And if you’re new to sailing, check out more articles like this one on this blog to continue learning. You have countless options when it comes to your sailing experience. Determine what your interests are, learn about them, and join a community of sailors to keep growing your knowledge around this great hobby.

I am the owner of sailoradvice. I live in Birmingham, UK and love to sail with my wife and three boys throughout the year.

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Six presumed dead after cargo ship crash levels Baltimore bridge

BALTIMORE — A major Baltimore bridge collapsed like a house of cards early Tuesday after it was struck by a container ship, sending six people to their deaths in the dark waters below, and closing one of the country’s busiest ports.

By nightfall, the desperate search for six people who were working on the bridge and vanished when it fell apart had become a grim search for bodies.

“We do not believe that we’re going to find any of these individuals still alive,” Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon N. Gilreath said.

Jeffrey Pritzker, executive vice president of Brawner Builders, said earlier that one of his workers had survived. He did not release their names.

Up until then, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore had held out hope that the missing people might be found even as law enforcement warned that the frigid water and the fact that there had been no sign of them since 1:30 a.m. when the ship struck Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Moore expressed heartbreak after officials suspended the search for survivors.

"Our heart goes out to the families," he said. "I can’t imagine how painful today has been for these families, how painful these hours have been have been for these families."

It was a crushing blow to the loved ones of the missing men, who had waited for hours at a Royal Farms convenience store near the entrance of the bridge for word of their fate. 

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The tragic chain of events began early Tuesday when the cargo ship Dali notified authorities that it had lost power and issued a mayday moments before the 984-foot vessel slammed into a bridge support at a speed of 8 knots, which is about 9 mph.

Moore declared a state of emergency while rescue crews using sonar detected at least five vehicles in the frigid 50-foot-deep water: three passenger cars, a cement truck and another vehicle of some kind. Authorities do not believe anyone was inside the vehicles.

Investigators quickly concluded that it was an accident and not an act of terrorism.

Ship was involved in another collision

Earlier, two people were rescued from the water, Baltimore Fire Chief James Wallace said. One was in good condition and refused treatment, he said. The other was seriously injured and was being treated in a trauma center.

Moore said other drivers might have been in the water had it not been for those who, upon hearing the mayday, blocked off the bridge and kept other vehicles from crossing.

“These people are heroes,” Moore said. “They saved lives.”

Nearly eight years ago, the Dali was involved in an accident. In July 2016, it struck a quay at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in Belgium, damaging the quay.

The nautical commission investigated the accident, but the details of the inquiry were not immediately clear Tuesday.

The Dali is operated and managed by Synergy Group. In a statement, the company said that two port pilots were at the helm during Tuesday's crash and that all 22 crew members onboard were accounted for.

The Dali was chartered by the Danish shipping giant Maersk, which said it would have no choice but to send its ships to other nearby ports with the Port of Baltimore closed.

The bridge, which is about a mile and a half long and carries Interstate 695 over the Patapsco River southeast of Baltimore, was "fully up to code," Moore said.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Jennifer Homendy said that her agency will lead the investigation and that a data recorder on the ship could provide more information.

"But right now we're focusing on the people, on the families," she said. "The rest can wait."

President Joe Biden vowed to rebuild the bridge and send federal funds.

"This is going to take some time," the president warned. "The people of Baltimore can count on us though to stick with them, at every step of the way, till the port is reopened and the bridge is rebuilt."

Speaking in Baltimore, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg echoed the president's promise.

"This is no ordinary bridge," he said. "This is one of the cathedrals of American infrastructure."

But Buttigieg warned that replacing the bridge and reopening the port will take time and money and that it could affect supply chains.

The Port of Baltimore, the 11th largest in the U.S., is the busiest port for car imports and exports, handling more than 750,000 vehicles in 2023 alone, according to data from the Maryland Port Administration.

Image: Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapses After Being Struck By Cargo Ship

Writer David Simon, a champion of Baltimore who set his TV crime drama "The Wire" on the streets of the city he once covered as a reporter, warned online that the people who will suffer the most are those whose livelihoods depend on the port.

"Thinking first of the people on the bridge," Simon posted on X . "But the mind wanders to a port city strangling. All the people who rely on ships in and out."

Timeline of crash

Dramatic video captured the moment at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday when the Dali struck a support and sent the bridge tumbling into the water. A livestream showed cars and trucks on the bridge just before the strike. The ship did not sink, and its lights remained on.

Investigators said in a timeline that the Dali's lights suddenly shut off four minutes earlier before they came back on and that then, at 1:25 a.m. dark black smoke began billowing from the ship's chimney.

A minute later, at 1:26 a.m., the ship appeared to turn. And in the minutes before it slammed into the support, the lights flickered again.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld said the workers on the bridge were repairing concrete ducts when the ship crashed into the structure.

At least seven workers were pouring concrete to fix potholes on the roadway on the bridge directly above where the ship hit, said James Krutzfeldt, a foreman.

Earlier, the Coast Guard said it had received a report that a “motor vessel made impact with the bridge” and confirmed it was the Dali, a containership sailing under a Singaporean flag that was heading for Sri Lanka.

Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapses After Being Struck By Cargo Ship

Bobby Haines, who lives in Dundalk in Baltimore County, said he felt the impact of the bridge collapse from his house nearby.

"I woke up at 1:30 this morning and my house shook, and I was freaking out," he said. "I thought it was an earthquake, and to find out it was a bridge is really, really scary."

Families of bridge workers wait for updates

Earlier in the day, relatives of the construction crew waited for updates on their loved ones.

Marian Del Carmen Castellon told Telemundo her husband, Miguel Luna, 49, was working on the bridge.

“They only tell us that we have to wait and that they can’t give us information,” she said.

Castellon said she was "devastated, devastated because our heart is broken, because we don’t know how they have been rescued yet. We are just waiting for the news."

Luna's co-worker Jesús Campos said he felt crushed, too.

“It hurts my heart to see what is happening. We are human beings, and they are my folks,” he said.

Campos told The Baltimore Banner that the missing men are from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Active search and rescue ends

The Coast Guard said it was suspending the active search-and-rescue effort at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"Coast Guard’s not going away, none of our partners are going away, but we’re just going to transition into a different phase," Gilreath said at a news conference.

Maryland State Police Superintendent Roland L. Butler, Jr., said it was moving to a recovery operation. Changing conditions have made it dangerous for divers, he said. 

Butler pledged to "do our very best to recover those six missing people," but the conditions are difficult.

"If we look at how challenging it is at a simple motor vehicle crash to extract an individual, I'm sure we can all imagine how much harder it is to do it in inclement weather, when it's cold, under the water, with very limited to no visibility," he said.

"There's a tremendous amount of debris in the water," which can include sharp metal and other hazards, and that could take time, Butler said.

'A long road in front of us'

Built in 1977 and referred to locally as the Key Bridge, the structure was later named after the author of the American national anthem.

The bridge is more than 8,500 feet long, or 1.6 miles. Its main section spans 1,200 feet, and it was one of the longest continuous truss bridges in the world upon its completion, according to the National Steel Bridge Alliance .

About 31,000 vehicles a day use the bridge, which equals 11.3 million vehicles per year, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The river and the Port of Baltimore are both key to the shipping industry on the East Coast, generating more than $3.3 billion a year and directly employing more than 15,000 people.

Asked what people in Baltimore can expect going forward, the state's transportation secretary said it is too early to tell.

"Obviously we reached out to a number of engineering companies, so obviously we have a long road in front of us," Wiedefeld said.

Julia Jester reported from Baltimore, Patrick Smith from London, Corky Siemaszko from New York and Phil Helsel from Los Angeles.

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What Is Considered Good Fuel Economy for a Boat?

U nlike cars, it’s often hard to establish a standard  boat fuel economy rating because there are so many different factors that can impact the real-world fuel economy of a boat. However, in general, smaller boats with smaller engines tend to have better fuel economy, though this is not always the case. Here’s a look at the types of fuel economy numbers to expect  on larger vs. smaller boats. 

What factors impact the fuel economy of a boat?

Determining the fuel economy of a boat is not a completely straightforward process as there are a ton of factors that impact the fuel economy of every individual boat. However, according to  Go Downsize , the biggest factor that affects every boat is the engine that powers it . In addition, the length of the boat, the amount of weight on the boat, and the overall size of the boat significantly impact its fuel economy. 

Another key factor that affects fuel economy is how fast the boat is being driven. Of course, this is a factor that is more controllable than some of the others. Ultimately, the faster the boat is driven, the worse its fuel economy will be as it burns through fuel at a faster rate.

While speed is a factor that is within the driver’s control, one factor that isn’t is the weather and water conditions. For example, having to drive against the wind will no doubt decrease gas mileage. 

A final important note when it comes to factors that impact the fuel economy of a boat is that the overall condition of the boat will likely contribute to poor fuel economy. If a boat is not properly maintained, its gas mileage will undoubtedly suffer.

How is fuel economy impacted by the size of the boat? 

In most scenarios,  the size of the motor  and the size of the boat go hand-in-hand. This means that just as the motor of the boat is a main factor in determining fuel efficiency, so is the overall size of the boat. Go Downsize also reports that many small watercraft boats can be expected to use three to eight gallons of gas per hour at cruising speed. In contrast, larger speed and motorboats can use anywhere from 20 to 30 gallons an hour. 

When it comes to achieving a good fuel economy, what type of fuel is being pumped into a boat is also a crucial element to take into consideration. According to  Sportsman , the best bet when it comes to fueling a boat is to always use whichever fuel is specifically recommended by the manufacturer of the motor.

Another important note is that boats should never be utilizing any type of fuel that contain more than 10% ethanol, like E15 or E85 fuels. Given the fact that boat motors are not designed to handle the corrosiveness of high levels of ethanol, pumping these types of fuels into a boat can significantly diminish the longevity of the motor while also worsening the fuel effiecncy.

In addition, ethanol is an attractant of water which means using this type of fuel can end up flushing water into the fuel system, which can also have devastating consequences for the longevity of the boat and motor.

Average gas mileage expectations on larger vs. smaller boats

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According to  Boating World , a typical-sized boat gets about four to five mpg on average. However, the motor type will always factor into a boat’s fuel efficiency. Some motors can get up to 10 mpg or more. Plus, diesel-powered motors tend to have a much more efficient fuel economy and can easily get up to 20 mpg. 

It would be easy to assume that a smaller boat will always have a better fuel economy compared to a larger boat. However, this is not always the case. The  fuel economy will largely be impacted by the motor-to-weight  ratio.

So, if a smaller vessel is only using one motor that isn’t necessarily bringing enough hp for the size of the boat, it will have a worse boat fuel economy compared to a larger vessel that has enough motors and hp to compensate for the weight of the boat. 

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Here's what you should know about the Key Bridge collapse

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A Marine Emergency Team boat passes the wreckage of the Dali cargo vessel in Baltimore on Tuesday.

Officials recovered the bodies of two construction workers who were on Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed early Tuesday morning after a 984-foot-long cargo ship collided into a pillar.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore called the collapse Wednesday " a global crisis ."

"The national economy and the world's economy depends on the Port of Baltimore. The port handles more cars and more farm equipment than any other port in the country," Moore said.

Here's what you should know:

  • The victims: The six people who are presumed dead were from Mexico Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, according to Col. Roland L. Butler Jr, the superintendent of Maryland State Police. Two bodies were recovered and have been identified as Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes from Mexico and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera from Guatemala. The two workers were filling potholes on the bridge and were later found trapped in a red pickup truck in about 25 feet of water, Butler said. The FBI is handling notifying the victims' families, Butler said.
  • Recovery efforts: Authorities are pausing search efforts for the four other workers who are presumed dead, because additional vehicles are encased in concrete and other debris, making it unsafe for divers, Butler said. Once salvage operations clear the debris, divers will search for more remains, he said.
  • The investigation: The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into the fatal incident, according to the agency's chair Jennifer Homendy. During a Wednesday news conference, Homendy said there were 21 crew members and two pilots on board the Dali cargo ship when it crashed into the bridge. She also said a senior NTSB hazmat investigator identified 56 containers of hazardous material, and that some containers are in the water. The agency received six hours of voyage data from the ship and the investigation could take 12 to 24 months to complete, Homendy said. She emphasized that NTSB will not analyze information collected or provide conclusions while on scene of the collapse.
  • Looking forward: Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said rebuilding the bridge will not be "quick or easy" but that it will get done. He said there are four main focus points ahead: reopening the port, dealing with supply chain issues until its reopening, rebuilding the bridge and dealing with traffic issues until the bridge is rebuilt. Biden  pledged the full support  of the federal government in the response and recovery efforts. His administration has already conveyed a sense of urgency to open up federal funding to remove debris and ultimately rebuild the bridge. Maryland has submitted a request to the Biden administration for emergency relief funds "to assist in our work going forward," Moore said Wednesday.

It's almost impossible to place people on the bow of ship due to the unstable structure, fire official says

 From CNN's Sarah Engel

Baltimore City Fire Chief James Wallace said Wednesday that the cargo ship's bridge structure and containers at the bow remain unstable.

"It's going to be very difficult, if not impossible, and very dangerous, to place people on the bow of that boat right now," Wallace told CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

"Naturally, we're still very cognizant of the fact that there are hazardous materials on board the vessel itself," Wallace said, alluding to the National Transportation Safety Board saying earlier that 56 containers were carrying hazardous materials.

Wallace said his team is relying heavily on aerial recognizance, including drones. "That's the only way we're able to see in," he said.  

He added that the aerial surveillance has "been able to really assure us right now we have no [chemical] reactions on board." 

"It's just utter devastation," NTSB chief says of the bridge collapse site

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, called the site of the Key Bridge collapse "devastating."

"It's pretty devastating, certainly, seeing not just what's going on with the cargo containers, but just looking at what was a bridge span — three bridge spans that is pretty much gone. It's just utter devastation," she said at Wednesday evening's news briefing.

She added that she is thinking of families who lost loved ones and those who are waiting to reunite with their lived ones.

NTSB interviewed the Dali's captain and some other crew members today, agency chief says

The National Transportation Safety Board has interviewed the ship's captain, his mate, the chief engineer and one other engineer today, according to Chair Jennifer Homendy.

The two pilots on board the Dali at the time of collision will be interviewed tomorrow, she added.

Cargo ship's voyage data recorder is basic when compared to an airplane's, NTSB chair says

From CNN's Tori B. Powell

The voyage data recorder on the cargo ship Dali was a "newer model" but is considered basic when compared to that on an airplane, according to National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy.

"But it is very basic compared to say, a flight data recorder, where we would have 1,000 parameters," she said at a news conference on Wednesday.

The NTSB chief investigator Marcel Muise added:

"It's not a ship-wide system recorder, so most of the sensors that are being recorded are from the bridge. So things like GPS, the audio, rudder feedback, rudder commands are recorded on there. But not engineering, the temperature of each cylinder, power distribution sensors."

There were no tug boats with Dali at the time of the collision. That's normal, NTSB chief says

People look at the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge while visiting Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Wednesday.

There were no tugs with Dali when the cargo vessel collided with Baltimore's Key Bridge, which is normal protocol, according to National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy.

Remember: At 01:26:39 on Tuesday, Dali's pilot made a general very high frequency (VHF) radio call for tugs in the vicinity to assist, the NTSB investigator Marcel Muise had said.

"The tugs help the vessel leave the dock, leave the port and get into the main ship channel. And then they leave. Once it's on its way, it's a straight shot through the channel. So there are no tugs with the vessel at the time. So they were calling for tugs," she said.

NTSB chair says she saw some containers that were carrying hazardous materials in the water

National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy said she did see some of the 56 containers that were carrying hazardous materials in the water.

When asked how many

When asked how many containers of hazardous materials were in the water, Homendy said:

"I did see some containers in the water, and some breached significantly on the vessel itself," she said. "I don't have an exact number, but it's something that we can provide in an update."

Homendy said that a preliminary report should be out in two to four weeks.

This post has been updated with more quotes from Homendy.

Bridge did not have any redundancy, unlike the preferred method for building bridges today, NTSB chair says

Baltimore's Key Bridge did not have any redundancy, which is included in the preferred method of building bridges in the present day, according to National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy.

"The bridge is a fracture critical," she explained. "What that means is if a member fails that would likely cause a portion of, or the entire bridge, to collapse, there's no redundancy. The preferred method for building bridges today is that there is redundancy built in, whether that's transmitting loads to another member or some sort of structural redundancy. This bridge did not have redundancy," Homendy said.

There are 17,468 fracture critical bridges in the United States out of 615,000 bridges total, she said, citing the Federal Highway Administration.

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What Lies Beneath: London Boat Race Marred by Sewage Concerns

Rowers in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race this weekend have been warned of dangerously high levels of E. coli in the River Thames, the latest sign of England’s polluted waterways.

A rowing crew under a cloudy London sky.

By Stephen Castle

Reporting from London

The warning was stern: Do not enter the water. Not because of the tide. Not because of sharks. Because of the sewage.

For almost two centuries, rowers from Oxford University have raced their rivals from Cambridge in a contest that typically ends with jubilant members of the victorious crew jumping into the River Thames in celebration.

This year they will be staying as dry as possible.

After the discovery of elevated levels of E. coli in the river, rowers have been urged to stay out of the water, to cover any open wounds and to wash themselves down at a dedicated cleansing station at the finish.

The warning from organizers of the annual competition known as the Boat Race is the most striking symbol of the dire and deteriorating state of Britain’s rivers and coastlines. E. coli, which can be contracted from inadequately treated water supplies, can cause a number of symptoms including diarrhea, stomach cramps and occasionally fever. According to Britain’s health service , a small number of people can also develop hemolytic uraemic syndrome which can sometimes lead to kidney failure and death.

In recent years, England’s private water companies have faced fierce criticism for discharging sewerage and untreated rainwater into waterways and onto beaches when rainfall is heavy — a tactic they use to prevent the system from backing up.

Water firms in England were privatized in 1989, and critics accuse them of paying out huge sums in dividends to their shareholders while failing to make vital infrastructure investments.

While campaigners have long highlighted the problem with water quality, few Britons will have expected contamination to impact the Boat Race, a fixture of the sporting calendar which attracts up to 250,000 spectators as well as a TV audience of millions, organizers say.

Rowers from the two ancient universities will compete over the 4.25-mile course on the Thames on Saturday afternoon, the 169th men’s and 78th women’s races.

The first Boat Race took place on 10 June 1829 at Henley-on-Thames, west of London, and was won by Oxford. However, for the next 25 years, contests happened irregularly and, from 1836, in the national capital. They became annual events in 1856. A women’s boat race was introduced in 1927 but only took place intermittently until the mid-1960s.

The new guidance follows testing of the Thames by River Action, a charity that campaigns for cleaner waterways and said that its tests revealed levels of E. coli up to 10 times higher than the minimum accepted standards for bathing water.

The testing locations suggested that the source of pollution was from Thames Water, the local water company, “discharging sewage directly into the river and its tributaries,” River Action said in a statement.

“We are in a tragic situation when elite athletes are issued with health guidance ahead of a historic race on the capital’s river,” said James Wallace, chief executive officer of River Action. “Our water quality results show what happens after decades of neglect by an unregulated water company, Thames Water.”

The Boat Race, a company that puts on the race and was set up by the Oxford and Cambridge Rowing Foundation, said that it “and the universities involved love rowing on the Thames,” but that “water quality is an ongoing concern.”

In a statement it added: “We have put in place a series of precautionary measures this year to protect the health of our athletes, which includes guidance regarding the covering up of open wounds, regular hand washing, a cleansing station at the finish area and highlighting the risks of entering the water.”

Most of Britain relies on a combined sewer system that pushes both rainwater and human waste along the same set of pipes.

When rainfall is heavy, water firms are sometimes permitted to discharge some of this into rivers or the sea to avoid the pipes being overwhelmed, something that could cause sewage to back up and flood roads and homes.

Critics accuse the water firms of spilling sewage even in dry weather and, according to figures released on Wednesday, last year there were on average 1,271 spills a day across England, compared with 825 in 2022.

In a statement, Thames Water, the utility that is responsible, blamed “higher than average long-term rainfall across London and the Thames Valley.” It said overflows were designed to operate automatically when the sewer network was about to be overwhelmed, so that diluted wastewater would be released into rivers instead of flowing “back up into people’s homes.”

The company added that it was “working hard to make these discharges unnecessary” and had announced plans to upgrade one sewage treatment plant, in southwest London, “to treat the high volumes of incoming sewage and reduce the need for overflows during wet weather.”

That may be of little comfort to this year’s rowers who know that, even if they take all the precautions advised, history suggests there is no guarantee they can stay out of the Thames.

In 1912 both crews were submerged by bad weather, and the most recent sinking took place in 1984 when the Cambridge men’s boat hit a barge before the race had even started.

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What we know about Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed early Tuesday after being hit by a cargo ship, with large parts of the bridge falling into the Patapsco River.

At least eight people fell into the water, members of a construction crew working on the bridge at the time, officials said. Two were rescued, one uninjured and one in serious condition, and two bodies were recovered on Wednesday. The remaining four are presumed dead. The workers are believed to be the only victims in the disaster.

Here’s what we know so far.

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Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed after being hit by a cargo ship , sending at least eight people from a construction crew into the water. Follow live updates and see photos from the scene .

How it happened: The container ship lost power shortly before hitting the bridge, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) said. Video shows the bridge collapse in under 40 seconds.

Victims: Divers recovered the bodies of two construction workers who died , while finding other vehicles trapped and probably containing the other victims, officials said. They were fathers, husbands and hard workers . The entire crew aboard the container ship Dali survived . First responders shut down most traffic on the four-lane bridge after the crew issued an urgent mayday call. It saved lives, Moore said.

Economic impact: The collapse of the bridge, which severed ocean links to the Port of Baltimore, adds a fresh headache to already struggling global supply chains . See how the collapse will disrupt the supply of cars, coal and other goods .

History: The Key Bridge was built in the 1970s and spanned the Patapsco River. Rebuilding the bridge will probably take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, experts said.

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  1. Motorboat Types: Powerboat Terms, Uses, and Definitions

    Convertible: A boat with a flying bridge built atop the cabin, and an open cockpit aft. Cuddy Cabin: A powerboat with a relatively small cabin on its bow section. Deck Boat: A motorboat with a flat, open deck plan and without any below-decks accommodations. To create more forward deck space, most deck boats have a rather boxy shape, instead of ...

  2. What's The Difference Between Powerboat and Motorboat? (Learn Here

    The main difference between the two is the type of propulsion system. Powerboats use an outboard motor or an inboard/outboard motor, while motorboats typically use an inboard motor. Powerboats also tend to have a sleeker design and are more aerodynamic which allows them to go faster than motorboats. Motorboats, on the other hand, are typically ...

  3. Outboard vs. Inboard: Choosing the Right Boat Motor

    Serviceability. Because the entire engine is outside the boat, an outboard is easier to service than an inboard. With the boat on a trailer you can simply stand next to the outboard. Servicing the inboard requires working under an engine hatch, often in pretty cramped confines. When an outboard is damaged or simply worn out, it is relatively ...

  4. Motorboat

    A motorboat with an outboard motor. A motorboat, speedboat or powerboat is a boat that is exclusively powered by an engine.. Some motorboats are fitted with inboard engines, others have an outboard motor installed on the rear, containing the internal combustion engine, the gearbox and the propeller in one portable unit. An inboard-outboard contains a hybrid of an inboard and an outboard, where ...

  5. Types of Powerboats and Their Uses

    Cuddy cabin boats have a small cabin for storage or a small seating area. They may accommodate a berth and or head. They are usually about 22-30 feet in length. Deck Boat. Deck boats have a wide beam and feature a V-shaped hull which offers more performance than a pontoon boat. Featuring an open deck with plenty of seating for parties or family.

  6. The difference between Powerboat and Motorboat Training

    Boat length: Typically 3.5m - 10m but can be bigger: Typically 7.5m - 24m. RIB or Hard Boat: Either. Usually a hard boat typically GRP, but can be timber, steel or aluminium). Galley: Not usually, Yes there will be somewhere where you can store food and prepare basic meals, this will usually include a kettle, a fridge, hob(s) and a sink.

  7. What are Powerboats and Motorboats? Types Explained!

    Powerboat. A powerboat is a compact motor-powered vessel that is built within 10 meters in length. It is best suitable for shorter journeys. When compared to motorboats, powerboats are more swift and agile. The compact structure of these powerboats makes it easier to be controlled and maneuvered during quick turns and diversions.

  8. Motorboat Terms: Different Powerboat Types, Uses, and Definitions

    Cabin Cruiser: Generally, any larger motorboat that provides sleeping accommodations within its structure. This generic term can be used to describe motoryachts, expresses, and a number of different designs. Center Console: A powerboat with its console and helm located in a central location on deck.

  9. Sailboat or Motorboat

    Pros and cons of motorboats. Motorboats are powered by a boat engine. They are much easier to operate than sailboats. All you need is a vessel licence and a good navigation system. In addition, motorboats are fast, reliable and stable on water. They offer plenty of deck space as there is no sail and rig to occupy most of the top area of the ...

  10. Choosing the Right Boat Type for Your Needs

    Pontoon Boats. SunCatcher 322 SS pontoon boat. Image credit: SunCatcher. Whether you're on a lake in Arizona or a bay on the Atlantic Seaboard, you're probably going to see plenty of pontoon boats. Instead of riding on a fiberglass hull, this boat type has two or sometimes three aluminum "logs" they float upon.

  11. Sailboat vs Powerboat

    Sailboats require a more hands-on approach, which many people prefer. Yet, powerboats have less maintenance and more speed. Which kind of boat you choose depends entirely on what kind of experience you want to have. Powerboats are easier to operate, and they require a little experience. But, they are costly to keep running and you're reliant ...

  12. Catamaran Vs. Motor Yacht (4 Powerful Differences Explained)

    Advertisement The Catamaran Vs. motor yacht, a comparison that has lasted for ages, is one we will finally put to rest in this article. We promise to make spotting their differences easy. Differences Distinguishing the Catamaran Vs. Motor Yacht At the end of this section, everything that distinguishes these two sailing boats from each other […]

  13. What style of boat should I choose?

    Best uses: dive boat or work boat. Dinghy— These are small boats, sometimes less than 10 feet long. They can be powered "manually," by oars or even by a small outboard motor. Best uses: transportation to larger boat at anchor or as a "first boat" for children. Inflatable— Inflatable boats are made of coated fabric.

  14. Boat vs. Personal Watercraft: Here's The Difference

    Motor yacht: An upscale type of boat, a motor yacht includes up to two engines, typically diesel engines. These boats turn heads and make people yearn for the good life on the sea. Cabin cruiser: An enclosed type of boat, cabin cruisers are very luxurious as well. The boat has a galley and runs on a generator so it can offer air conditioning.

  15. What Is an Open Motorboat? (Here's What You Should Know)

    An open motorboat is a type of boat that is powered by an engine and has an open deck, usually without a canopy or any other kind of protection from the elements. This type of boat is typically used for recreational activities such as fishing, skiing, and water sports. They are usually lightweight, easy to maneuver, and relatively inexpensive ...

  16. Sailboat vs. Powerboat: What's the Best Liveaboard?

    Speed. For liveaboards, speed usually isn't a priority, but you should know what to expect from your purchase. Yes, powerboats are generally faster than sailboats. The average cruising speed of a sailboat is somewhere around 6 - 8 knots, while powerboats can easily go around 20 or more if you put your foot down.

  17. Yachts Vs. Boats: What's The Difference?

    The maritime definition of a yacht is a private pleasure ship of at least 33 feet. At YachtWorld, we tend to consider anything in the 35-40-foot range (or larger) a yacht. Then again, different kinds of boats approach being that long, even some pontoon boats and walkarounds. However, an engine-powered watercraft under 30 feet is not usually ...

  18. The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Powerboat vs. a Sailboat

    Most sailboats tap out at 7 knots, but power boats typically travel at speeds of around 15 to 20 knots on a calm day. Space. Powerboats have more space—more deck space and more interior space. There are also more amenities in a powerboat including more cabins, stand-up galleys, etc. Convenience.

  19. Which Is Safer, A Sailboat Or A Motorboat?

    Sailboat vs Motorboat Safety. Sailboat: Motorboat: Percentage of deaths: Unknown, but under 7%: 50% : Boats on the water: ... making it more likely that motor boat owners will end up in dangerous situations without the skill to get out of themAlcohol useMay be less likely to use alcohol because of the concentration and effort required to ...

  20. Motor Yacht vs Sailing Yacht: Which is Right for You?

    MY FAVOURITE. 0. The traditional consensus in the yachting world is that, while motor yachts offer a higher level of luxury with more space to relax on board to take in the wonderful destinations you visit, sailing boats are all about the romance of harnessing the wind for blissful voyages. While this is still true, the lines are beginning to blur.

  21. Powerboat Vs Sailboat

    I go through all the pluses and minus of sail and power boats, compare them and give you my opinion as to which is betterhttps://www.patreon.com/sailingdoodl...

  22. Sailboat vs. Motorsailer

    Cost. You can buy a well-kept used sailboat is between $15,000- $40,000 and a new boat you have buy for $80,000 to $150,000 depending on the type of the sailboat. You must also account for regular maintenance, insurance, docking fees, and more. The average cost of a new motorsailer is around $500K.

  23. Six presumed dead after cargo ship crash levels Baltimore bridge

    The Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, partially collapsed early Tuesday, police said. It was hit by a ship, officials said.

  24. What Is Considered Good Fuel Economy for a Boat?

    Here's a look at the types of fuel economy numbers to expect on larger vs. smaller boats. ... This means that just as the motor of the boat is a main factor in determining fuel efficiency, so is ...

  25. Best Boat Brands

    3. Chaparral Chaparral has been manufacturing a wide range of boats for nearly 60 years, since 1965. Their model lineup includes bowriders, wake surf and watersports boats, and cruisers from 21 to 30 feet in length. Chaparral makes our list because it's one of the top-searched boats on our own site, it scored high in Boat Trader's Boating Madness tournament (as well as being a top-searched ...

  26. March 27, 2024

    The bodies of two of the construction workers who died after a 984-foot-long cargo ship hit a pillar of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge have been recovered, officials said Wednesday.

  27. Six workers presumed dead after crippled cargo ship knocks down

    General Motors , opens new tab and Ford Motor , opens new ... More than 40 ships remained inside Baltimore port including small cargo ships, tug boats and pleasure craft, data from ship tracking ...

  28. Ship's pilot tried to avoid Baltimore Key Bridge before crash, collapse

    A pilot guiding the ship headed out of Baltimore ordered its rudder turned hard to the left and an anchor dropped in an effort to steady and slow the vessel.

  29. London Boat Race Marred by High Levels of E. Coli in Thames

    The first Boat Race took place on 10 June 1829 at Henley-on-Thames, west of London, and was won by Oxford. However, for the next 25 years, contests happened irregularly and, from 1836, in the ...

  30. What we know about Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse

    The bodies of two victims have been recovered from the waters of the Patapsco River. The bridge collapsed after being hit by a cargo ship.