What's the difference? Well according to marineinsight.com, there are seven differences:
- 1 "A ship can carry a boat, but a boat cannot carry a ship."Most ships are categorized as weighing at least 500 tons or more.
- 2 Operational areas...most ships operate on the high seas/ocean areas. Boats operate near coastal areas and in restricted waterways.
- 3 Navigation and Technology...ships are more complex in navigation and maintenance. Ships also operate over a longer time at sea.
- 4 Crew...huge ships have designated crews with specific jobs such as navigators and engineers. However, size and purpose determines number of crew.
- 5 Cargo Capacity...ships and boats are designed for specific purposes, either carry passengers or cargo. Capacity will determine the craft's use.
- 6 Construction and Design...ships are, by far, more complicated in construction in regard to safety and stability.
- 7 Propulsion is the last criteria. Though ships and boats can be propelled by sails, ships usually have more powerful engines to do the job the ship was designed for.
Interesting points: Ironically the use of ship/boat depends on where you live in the world. Submersible vessels (submarines) are categorized as boats. The reason is that they historically could be hoisted and carried on ships. The following are some classic passenger ships and boats.