1) Historically, and still the case in most countries, a pleasure boat of any size and type. Yacht racing is the sport of racing sailboats. 2) In the United States, the word yacht often is applied to a pleasure boat longer than about 40 feet with luxurious accommodations. 3) A better and more typical definition applies a higher standard: to be a yacht, a pleasure boat must be unusually graceful, well proportioned, and seaworthy in appearance, and have a fine paint or varnish finish. Luxury is less important than ability. 4) Increasingly, the word is also used to describe any large powerboat that take passengers for pleasure, including cruise ships. 5) Related terms. A yachtsman or yachtswoman is someone who owns or uses a yacht under any of these meanings. A yacht broker is a professional seller of boats. A yacht club (Y.C.) is a private organization of boaters; most yacht clubs have waterfront facilities, marinas, and anchorages. A yacht designer is a naval architect who specializes in designing yachts. Yacht ensign, see ensign.
The horizontal spar in a square rig or in a yacht club's flagpole. Evening is falling when the sun is over the yardarm.
Dacron sailcloth that has been treated to make it especially resistant to stretch. The sail is stiff, almost like light metal.
Yacht club. See yacht.