A yacht is boat used for recreational purposes. The term is of Dutch origin, referring to a fast sailing ship used to pursue pirates in shallow waters. When Charles II of England used a yacht in 1660 to transport him to England, it was known as a boat used to carry important people. These days, yachts can refer to pleasure boats using sail or engines or both as means of propulsion.
If you want to check out all the different kind of yachts out there (or buy one!) head over to http://www.yachtworld.com. Don't worry if you can't afford one, there are plenty of ways to learn more about sailing as a landlubber! For example, American Sailing Association (ASA) has a free online course to introduce anyone and everyone to sailing as a sport and as a lifestyle.
Also to note, you don't need to live near an ocean to sail - inland bodies of water like lakes are great places to build up those sea legs. The Great Lakes are a popular spot; check out this site dedicated solely to sailing around their 150 ports and harbors!
MAKE A SAILING SNACK!
While you're watching ASA's sailing course, have a healthy, nautical snack, as seen on monkeysee.com!
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