A yacht is a vessel used exclusively for pleasure on the sea. The word is derived from the Dutch jacht. A typical sailing yacht (mono-hull) is about thirty feet long with a heavy keel underneath to counterbalance the forces exerted by the wind on the sail and rigging.
For many years yachting was exclusively the province of the ultra-rich, and this is partly true now, but today, many people enjoy sailing for pleasure.
There are motor yachts as well as sailing yachts. Smaller sailing yachts are termed dinghies.
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