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What is a Small Yacht?
A small yacht, in general, could be taken as a vessel smaller than 24 meters or 79 feet in length. Smaller yachts, depending on just how small they are exactly, might not require a captain or any crew to operate, so you might find this is the sweet spot in size if you dream of being an owner/operator. If the yacht is on the larger end of the size scale, you might find a captain and crew is necessary for operations. But regardless of operations, just because the yacht is smaller does not mean the accommodations aren’t equally as superb as the larger yachts – there are yacht builders with models under 24 meters that are just as beautiful and spectacular as larger yacht models.
What Are Small Yacht Made of (Construction Material/Hull Design)?
A small yacht can be built from similar materials as larger boats — like wood, steel, aluminum, and composites like fiberglass, GRP, and carbon fiber. The more general “small yacht” term does not illustrate the differences between mode of operation, so a small yacht can as easily be a motor vessel or a sailing yacht. That means that your choice of hull design could vary according to your choice – a sailing yacht could be monohull or multi-hull in design, and a motor yacht’s hull may be a displacement, semi-displacement, or planing hull form.
Why Should You Buy a Small Yacht?
You should buy a small yacht if you take pleasure in being out on the water managing the yacht yourself, without the necessity of a captain or crew member. Or if the vessel is a larger version and requires more than you can handle alone, you could indulge in relaxing on board with a competent crew to handle all the nitty gritty onboard operations. It might be the perfect compromise in size – with all the amenities and opulence of a larger luxury yacht, but with the easy handling sleekness of a smaller boat. While you might lack the multiple decks of a larger yacht, this smaller vessel type can still offer excellent deck space to make outdoor living comfortable and seamless as you spend time on board traveling. A smaller yacht has the advantage of being able to access areas some larger vessels cannot, so it might open your world up for more exploration in areas a little off the beaten path.