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A watercraft is a vehicle, vessel or craft designed to move across (or through) water, including saltwater and freshwater, for pleasure, recreation, physical exercise, commerce, transport and military missions. It is derived from the term "craft" which was used as term to describe all types of water going vessels. (The term craft has since been expanded to include all types of vessels which travel on water (watercraft), in air (aircraft) and in space (spacecraft).) The Trikke is a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Automobiles are among the most commonly used engine powered vehicles. ... Look up craft in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up craft in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Most watercraft would be described as either a ship or a boat. However, there are a number of craft which many people would consider neither a ship nor a boat, such as: canoes, kayaks, rafts, barges, catamarans, hydrofoils, windsurfers, surfboards (when used as a paddle board), jet skis, underwater robots, and torpedoes. For other uses, see Ship (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Boat (disambiguation). ... Look up craft in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the boat. ... Look up kayak in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Raft (disambiguation). ... Self propelled barge carrying bulk crushed stone A barge is a flat-bottomed boat, built mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods. ... It has been suggested that Catamaran History be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about marine engineering. ... Windsurfing in Essex, England Windsurfing (also called boardsailing) is a sport involving travel over water on a small 2-4. ... A stack of boards in Waikiki during a surf competition lalalala yeshhhh Surfboards are long, buoyant decks used in the sport of surfing. ... Categories: Stub ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... The torpedo, historically called a locomotive torpedo, is a self-propelled explosive projectile weapon, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater toward a target, and designed to detonate on contact or in proximity to a target. ...

Although ships are typically larger than boats, the distinction between those two categories is not one of size per se.

  • Ships typically are large ocean-going vessels. Boats are smaller and travel most often on inland or coastal waters.
  • A rule of thumb says "a boat can fit on a ship, but a ship can't fit on a boat", and a ship usually has sufficient size to carry its own boats, such as lifeboats, dinghies, or runabouts.
  • Local law and regulation may define the exact size (or the number of masts) that distinguishes a ship from a boat.
  • Traditionally submarines were called "boats", perhaps reflecting their cramped conditions: small size reduces the need for power, and thus the need to surface or snorkel for a supply of the air that running diesel engines requires; in contrast, nuclear-powered submarines' reactors supply abundant power without consuming air, and such craft are large, much roomier, and classed as ships.
  • A ship is any floating craft that transports cargo for the purpose of earning revenue; in that context, a passenger ship's "cargo" is its passengers. However, neither fishing boats nor ferries are considered ships, though both carry cargo (their catch of the day or passengers) and ferries carry lifeboats.

The term "watercraft" (unlike such terms as aircraft or spacecraft) is rarely used to describe any specific individual object: Rather the term serves to unify the category that ranges from jet skis to Aircraft carriers. For other uses, see Ship (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Boat (disambiguation). ... A rule of thumb is an easily learned and easily applied procedure for approximately calculating or recalling some value, or for making some determination. ... Dinghy of the schooner Adventuress A dinghy is a small utility boat attached to a larger boat. ... A runabout is any small motorboat holding between four and eight people, well suited to moving about on the water. ... For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ... mizzen mast, mainmast and foremast Grand Turk The mast of a sailing ship is a tall vertical pole which supports the sails. ... For other uses, see Submarine (disambiguation). ... Nuclear power station at Leibstadt, Switzerland. ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945. ... Flying machine redirects here. ... The Space Shuttle Discovery as seen from the International Space Station. ... Categories: Stub ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft, acting as a sea-going airbase. ...

Examples of watercraft

For other uses, see Boat (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Ship (disambiguation). ... This article is about the boat. ... For other uses, see Raft (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Submarine (disambiguation). ...

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Watercraft today is lighter and faster which can lead to serious injury and destruction of property if not treated with proper respect and maintenance.
The operator of any watercraft must operate at a reasonable and prudent speed for existing conditions and regulate the speed of a watercraft so as to avoid danger, injury or unnecessary inconvenience in any manner to other watercraft and their occupants, whether anchored or under way.
A person is guilty of imprudent operation of a watercraft if that person, while operating a watercraft on the inland or coastal waters of the State, engages in prolonged circling, informal racing, wake jumping or other types of continued and repeated activities that harass another person.
            (j)  “Length of a watercraft” means the length of the hull of a watercraft measured in a straight line from one end of the hull to the other excluding the deck, bowsprits, bumpkins, rudders, outboard motor brackets and similar fittings or attachments.
A motorized watercraft dealer registration number is not assigned to a specific motorized watercraft.
No person shall operate or permit the operation of any motorized watercraft at a speed greater than a no wake speed on the waters of this State within one hundred (100 feet of a “diver down” flag(s) that has been displayed to indicate the presence of a person diving or snorkeling.
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