Generally speaking, sailboats are boats that are propelled by sails. Many basic sailboats rely completely on the wind to create a movement of the boat and affect the speed. Some sailboats have been modified so that the boat relies only partially on the wind, having a backup energy source to keep the boat moving.
Sailboats date back as early as 4000 B.C., when Egyptians built boats out of long wooden planks and cloth sails.
Sailboats Used in War
The Greeks developed the trireme by the 7th century B.C., and this sleek, missile-like vessel was crucial in their defeat of the Persians. In 1000 A.D., the Vikings also modified earlier sailboat concepts to use in war.
Sailboat Modifications Throughout Time
As the needs of sailors changed, people in countries throughout the world modified and developed different types of sailboats to accommodate what they were looking for.
Types of Sailboats
There are many different types of sailboats seen today, ranging in all different sizes and speeds. Some are used for relaxing recreation while others are used for racing.
Learning to Sail
Beachside hotels and resorts throughout the world offer sailing lessons to any vacation goer. Even if you're not staying at a hotel, many beach cities will offer lessons to anyone interested in learning more about sailboats or the art of sailing.
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