A schooner called Spirit of Victoria

A schooner called Spirit of Victoria
Call me ignorant, but until now I had no idea that a vessel with this sail configuration is called a schooner and used the word "yacht" to generically refer to boats with sails.

Now, I'm not sure when a boat is a yacht - if perhaps it has more to do with the vessels purpose in life, or something else, but it's unlikely that it has anything to do with sails as modern luxury yachts often don't even have sails. If you do know, then don't hesitate - leave a comment please. :)

3 thoughts on “A schooner called Spirit of Victoria

  1. Michael Hand

    yacht [yot]
    a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.

    This can be a sail yacht or a motor yacht.

    I worked on the Spirit of Victoria for 2 years 1995 and 1996. She is a Gaff-Rig Schooner.

    A gaff is like an extra boom that the halyards (ropes used to raise or lower a sail) are attached to to pull the main sails up which gives the sails an almost square appearance.

    A schooner is a sailing boat having a foremast and a main mast.

    Hope this helps :)

  2. Paul

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    Ah, great, thanks Michael – yes it helps, I get it now. :) Thanks for the comment!

    Del Hand, ha ha, well, I suppose I tend to call anything that’s not too big a boat. The really big ones I call ships – it seems a little degrading to call a ship a boat. :)

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