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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationBoats & Boating · 2 months ago

What is the difference between a boat and a ship?

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  • DEBS
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Google is your friend.....

    Read down on the article for some common definitions, but know that there is no accepted universal difference. Often it varies by regional vernacular. In general, however, a boat is smaller.

    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/33557/what%E2%...

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  • 1 month ago

    a boat is small holds a few people, a ship is huge hold 100s of people

    • Size us not a factor. Loose definition is ship can carry a boat but boat cant carry a ship.This leaves size of a "ship" open to about 50' keel. A Submarine is Always a Boat, and some have a 450' keel. 

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  • fuzzy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    You can ship a boat but you cant boat a ship.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    This old navy guy once told me it's like the difference between a motorcycle and an 18 wheeler. If it leans into the turn it's a boat. If it leans away it's a ship.

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  • 2 months ago

    a boat is a submarine, a ship is all else in the navy

  • 2 months ago

    It generally refers to size (with 'ship' being used to describe larger sea-faring craft) - but like a lot of vernacular the two often get used interchangeably.

    One exception is submarines, which are almost always referred to as 'boats' as  throwback to the original German term 'U-Boat'.

    • Anon
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Incorrect  .Submarines have Always been defined as boats, even unmanned  submersibles in 19th Century. Verne's  "Nautilus" was refereed to as a Boat in his novels. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine
        there are a LOT of exceptions. Biggest Submarine Boat is 525 ', there is a Ship 50'  long.

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  • 2 months ago

    An aircraft carrier is a ship.  All others are boats.

    • Road warrior
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      Rubbish.  Smallest  ship is 50'. There are 525'  Boats. 

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  • 2 months ago

    One is size, a ship has a keel of over 100 feet. Secondly the nature of the crew. If it has one crew that is stationed on board it is a ship. If it has a rotated crew (like a submarine) of there are no quarters it is a boat. So a ship has a keel of over 100 feet and a single crew that stays on board.

    • Road warrior
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      BS.  There are Boats with 525 ' keels.One Ship has a  50' keel. Size ALONE is Crapola.

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  • CB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The size of their rudders.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A ship can carry a boat (eg lifeboat) but a boat can't carry a ship .

    Source(s): A ship's captain told me this.
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