A boat is a watercraft of a large range of types and sizes, but generally smaller than a ship, which is distinguished by its larger size, shape, cargo or passenger capacity, or its ability to carry boats.

In the maritime context, a "boat" is a watercraft that is smaller than a ship and typically used for recreational or short-distance transportation purposes. Here are some examples:

  1. Sailboat: This is a boat that is propelled by sails, which capture the wind to generate power.

  2. Motorboat: This is a boat that is powered by an engine, either inboard or outboard, and can travel at higher speeds than a sailboat.

  3. Rowboat: This is a boat that is propelled by rowing, with one or more rowers using oars to move the boat through the water.

  4. Fishing boat: This is a boat that is used for fishing, either commercially or recreationally, and is typically equipped with specialized gear and equipment for catching fish.

  5. Yacht: This is a luxury boat that is used for recreational purposes, typically for cruising or racing, and may be equipped with amenities such as cabins, kitchens, and entertainment systems.

Other similar things to "boat" in the maritime context might include:

  • Ship: A ship is a larger watercraft than a boat, typically used for commercial or military purposes, and may have multiple decks and compartments.

  • Barge: A barge is a flat-bottomed boat that is used for transporting cargo, often on rivers or canals.

  • Canoe: A canoe is a narrow, pointed boat that is typically propelled by paddling and is used for recreational purposes such as camping and wilderness trips.

  • Kayak: A kayak is a narrow, enclosed boat that is propelled by paddling and is often used for recreational purposes such as touring, whitewater paddling, and sea kayaking.

  • Raft: A raft is a flat, inflatable watercraft that is typically used for recreational purposes such as whitewater rafting and leisurely river trips.

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