Yachts

The name Yacht originates from the Dutch word jacht or jachten meaning hunt, referring to a fast light sailing vessel that the Dutch used to pursue pirates off their coastal areas.

James 1st was the first English Monarch to commission the construction of a yacht, it was for his son Henry Prince of Wales in the early 1600’s. During this time Charles II was exiled to France, whilst there he visited the Netherlands on many occasions to take part in Yacht racing, mainly for the elite and royalty.

 

The Origin of Yachts

The name Yacht originates from the Dutch word jacht or jachten meaning hunt, referring to a fast light sailing vessel that the Dutch used to pursue pirates off their coastal areas.

 

Yachts – History

James 1st was the first English Monarch to commission the construction of a yacht, it was for his son Henry Prince of Wales in the early 1600’s. During this time Charles II was exiled to France, whilst there he visited the Netherlands on many occasions to take part in Yacht racing, mainly for the elite and royalty. Upon his restoration to the throne in England Charles commissioned several royal yachts, which led to the start of competitive yacht racing in England in 1663.

 

The America’s Cup

In 1851 the schooner ‘America’ left New York and crossed the Atlantic to take part in the 100 Guinea Cup. This was presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron of Great Britain, for a race around the Isle of Wight and took place on August 20th, 1851.

 

Yachts

A yacht is generally used for leisure, racing, or cruising and can be a sailing or a powered vessel.

 

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht was designed and built as a Royal residence to entertain guests around the world.

 

Yacht Propulsion

Yachts were originally powered by wind, then for a short period, by steam, followed by diesel engines, traditionally with shaft drive and more recently sail drive. The new propulsion system of electric and hybrid is slowly gaining ground for yachts of all sizes. Solar panels now add a boost to creating green energy afloat.

 

Yacht Maintenance

Maintenance of yachts is described fully in the main section. Click here to find out more.

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