- from Boats & Ships
What’s the difference between boats and ships?
Here’s one way to remember it: a boat can fit on a ship, but a ship can’t fit on a boat. Here’s another way of thinking about it: a boat is a water vessel that’s less than 30 feet long. If it is longer than 30 feet, but not large enough to cross the ocean or another large body of water, it might be called a yacht. If it can travel the ocean, it’s described as a ship. Regardless of what you call these vessels, people have been building them for thousands of years, using all kinds of materials.