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Within the database I have tried to use consistent terminology for the styles of the various craft - this has been difficult in certain 'grey' areas, such as when does a large launch become a small cruiser, but below are the basic definitions of the terms used throughout the database (click on each title to see the sub-divisions):

Motor Cruiser Designs

The term motor cruiser is used to include any craft which are engine powered and with sleeping facilities. Cruisers do not normally have a mast, however, this is present in some craft, but it is not used as a means of propulsion.
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Launch Designs

Launches are (usually small) day craft, normally without sleeping facilities, although this is one of the grey areas with otherwise identical boats having sleeping and non-sleeping layouts. They may be engine powered or self-propelled, but again not using windpower.
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Sailing Craft Designs

Yacht is used to describe any craft where the main power source is the wind, although they may also be engine powered. Sailing dinghies are again a grey area - racing versions are included here, whilst hybrid sail/rowing dinghies are often included within the launches!
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Tour boats are designed to carry in excess of 10 persons either seated like a bus, or more open-plan like the floating 'bars'.


The work category includes the majority of the construction craft used to maintain the waterways, together with an assortment of other non-leisure craft.

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