- from Boats & Ships
Boats and ships. Ships and boats. What’s the difference?
Here’s one way to help you get it right: A boat can fit on a ship, but a ship can’t fit on a boat. Here’s another way of thinking about it: if a water vessel is less than 30 feet long, it’s a boat. 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 a ship. No matter what you call these vessels, people have been building them for thousands of years, out of all kinds of materials.