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  • Types Of Boat

    Air boat

    A flat-bottomed punt, also known as a fan boat. The flat bottom allows the boat to easily navigate through shallow marshes, swamps, and so on. The boat is powered by a propeller attached to an engine. The propeller requires a large metal cage to protect passengers and other users. To improve visibility the driver sits up on a high platform.

    Banana boat

    A recreational unpowered boat designed to be pulled by a larger boat. The banana boat is a large tube, supported by 2 smaller tubes providing balance and footrests. Passengers sit astride the large tube, and the banana boat is pulled through the water at speed.


    A flat-bottomed boat, constructed mostly for canal and river transport of heavy goods, and generally not self-propelled. The majority of barges need to be moved by tugboats towing them, or by towboats pushing them. Barges on canals can also be towed by animals on an adjacent towpath.

    Cabin cruiser

    A type of power boat providing accommodation for crew and passengers inside the craft.


    A small narrow boat, often pointed at both the bow and stern, and normally open on top. Usually human-powered and propelled by the use of paddles. The number of paddlers depends upon the size of the canoe, however 2 paddlers is the most common. Canoes can also be sail powered. Sailing canoes are propelled via a variety of sailing rigs.


    A type of ship or boat that has 2 hulls joined by a frame. They can be either engine or sail powered.


    The term dinghy can be used to refer to either a class of small racing yachts, or to a small utility boat carried by a larger boat. Dinghies can be rowboats, have a small outboard motor, or use a small sailing rig.


    A traditional Venetian rowing boat, and the main method of transportation within Venice for centuries. Propelled by a gondolier (oarsman). The gondolier stands facing the bow and pushes a single oar.


    A boat modified or designed so that it can be used primarily as a human dwelling. Some houseboats aren't motorized, instead they are kept stationary at a fixed point (moored).


    Also known as an ACV (Air-Cushion Vehicle). An amphibious craft or vehicle designed to travel over any sufficiently smooth (land or water) surface. It is supported by a cushion of air, which is ejected downwards against the surface below it.

    Inflatable boat

    Lightweight boat, with bow and sides made of flexible tubes and containing pressurised gas. An example of an inflatable boat is a life raft.

    Kayak and Sea kayak

    A small boat typically with a covered deck, and cockpit. A kayak is human-powered, and propelled by a sitting paddler with a paddle.


    A vessel (other than a personal watercraft or sailboat), propelled by an engine driving a propeller or jet.


    A boat designed to fit the narrow canals in the UK. Originally mostly used for carrying goods on the narrow canals, now mainly used for recreational purposes and as homes.

    Personal water craft

    Often referred to as Jet Skis (a brand name). Used for recreation, a watercraft that the rider can sit or stand on, vs inside of (like a boat). Propulsion is created by an inboard engine driving a pump jet with an impeller.


    Designed to be used in shallow water and small rivers, a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow. The punt is generally propelled along by pushing against a river bed with a pole.


    The most basic boat design, a raft is a flat floating structure for travel over water. There is no hull, so instead rafts are kept afloat using buoyant materials such as sealed barrels, wood, inflated air chambers, etc.


    Generally encompasses yachts, large sailboats and smaller vessels. Wind is their primary means of propulsion.