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Old August 8th, 2012, 10:51 AM
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Question When does a boat become a ship

Is there a technical definition that makes a boat a ship or is it just one of those you know one when you see one type of things?
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Not an official definition, but I just look at..... if it's carrying a boat on board, it's a ship
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Kuki's definition is pretty much what we used in the U.S. Navy. The exception being the submarines are called boats, probably because they used to be so small. Generally, a ship is self-sustaining for a reasonably long length of time while a boat isn't.
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If it can cross an ocean unescorted, it's a ship. If not, its a boat.
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Does that mean an aircraft carrier is not a ship, they always have an escort
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Is there a technical definition that makes a boat a ship or is it just one of those you know one when you see one type of things?
A boat becomes a ship when it sinks.
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If it can cross an ocean unescorted, it's a ship. If not, its a boat.
Many sailboats as well as yachts cross the oceans unescorted.
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If it can cross an ocean unescorted, it's a ship. If not, its a boat.
Some boats can cross oceans.

Should we call sailboats , sailships?
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Kuki's defination sounds good to me.

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I heard someone put it like this, " A boat is what you get into when the ship sinks".
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My father told me, "A boat fits on a ship. A ship cannot fit on a boat".

Of course, he also told me, "If it rains the first Sunday of the month, it will rain for 7 Sunday's in a row". Following that to it's logical conclusion, it should have rained every Sunday of my life. Think about it.
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