Sailing Boats 

Sailing boats, also known as sailboats, sailing vessels or yachts, they use their sails to catch the wind to generate forward motion.

The basic components are a mast to support the sails, sails to catch the wind, a keel to stabilise the boat, and a rudder to change the boat's direction.

Common types of sailing boats include dinghies, catamarans, trimarans, sloops, ketches, yawls, and schooners. The choice of a particular type depends on its intended use; from leisure to racing, and where the boat is going to be sailing is it to be coastal or offshore. They can be a sleek racing machine, or comfortably cruising in a deck saloon.

Keel types vary from deep bulb keels for racing and lifting keels for shallow water excursions, and twin keels for staying upright when drying on the mud.


The Origin of Yachts

The term Yacht comes from the Dutch word jacht or jachtschips.  The Dutch Navy in the 14th century did not have fast enough ships to catch the rampaging pirates, a smaller and faster jacht was designed which was able to outrun and catch them.

Yachts – History

In the mid 1600’s Royalty, the elite and wealthy merchants started building and racing yachts, it became a popular sport and developed into what it is today. 


The America’s Cup

In 1851 the schooner ‘America’ competed in the 100 Guinea Cup presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron of Great Britain, for a race around the Isle of Wight. ‘America’ went on to win this race and the America’s Cup was borne..



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. The late Queen Elizabeth II commissioned the Royal Yacht into service on 11th January 1954, she was decommissioned in 1997 and is now a 5 star visitor attraction with nearly 400,000 visitors per year from all over the world. Her permanent berth is the Ocean Terminal, Leigh, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ, Scotland.


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.

Sailing boats offer a unique and environmentally friendly way to travel on the water, harnessing the power of the wind for propulsion.

Yacht Maintenance

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

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Boat Information Directory

Welcome to our Boat Information Directory, (Boat-InfoD) an eclectic collection of information, for mariners and nautical-thinking people.

Our Boat-InfoD is to guide you easily and quickly to a destination and locate an item of interest about boating matters and nautical themes.

It is a vast structured list of information for you to dip into and is updated more often than the changing tides. Access to this lazarette of nautical knowledge is free.


Main Section Content
Auxiliary Machinery Generators, Bow & Stern Thrusters, Bilge pumping Systems.
Bilge Pumps Bilge filling with water
Boat Insurance Click here for more information.
Boat Terminology Astern, Ahead, Abaft
Boatyard Work Your guide to work and costs in a boatyard
Cruising the French Waterways Cruising the Canals & Rivers of France
Domestic Systems Gas, Fresh Water, & Toilet Systems...Cats & Dogs Aboard
Electrical Systems AC and DC Systems, Solar Panels, LED Systems
Flag Etiquette Flag Etiquette, Dressing a Yacht, Bunting.
Flares & Signalling Devices Flares, Signalling Devices.
Green Energy Content coming soon
Main Engine All the parts and information on your boats Diesel engine.
Maintenance Information Information on Imardex Marine’s Maintenance Programme
Navigation Systems Radar, AIS, GPS...
Old Navy Jargon Scuttlebutt, Pipe Down, All Hands on Deck...
Safety Systems Man Overboard, Emergency Fuel Shut Off...
System Training Modules Information on Training Programmes for boaters.
Underwater Systems Sea cocks to Anti Foul...
Winterising Winterising - The list
Yacht Terminology Baggywrinkle, Baby Stay, Clew, Bob Stay.
Waste Management & Emissions Control Sustainability and Responsible Boating Practices.
Captain & Owners Responsibilities An overview of respective responsibilities.


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