Ahoy there! As boaters, skippers and sailing enthusiast, some of the members of our team started looking up interesting and fun facts about sailing, during one of our trips.
Having some time to kill during one of our trips on the glistening Turkish Blue Coast, we starting telling stories heard from fellow boaters.
In truth, the discussion started over reviewing the key statistics about the recreational boating industry, which we were curious about since we were about to launch our free smart boating app, designed for making us safer together, to provide easier planning and smartly track our performance.
Tired of numbers, we started sharing knowledge and stories we have heard, right before making port.
Having decided that, and after a little research, we came up with this:
1. Difference between a boat and a ship
Did you know the difference between a Boat and a Ship is actually the weight? It turns out that if a vessel weighs 500 tones or more it’s classified as a ship since this is the weight you need in order to carry a boat.
2. To whistle or not to whistle… on a boat
Did you know that cooks on board ships in the old days were the only ones allowed to whistle? Strange right? But apparently this proved they were not using their mouths to eat the food as long as they whistled. Other crew members would not whistle since superstitiously they would think whistling would summon strong winds.
3. Sometimes size does not really matter
Did you know that the ship Christopher Columbus used to reach America was actually small? Well, it was small compared to today’s standards. The Santa Maria was no longer than 70 feet, about the size of a modern bus. It carried a crew of 40 men.
4. Distance make the heart grow fonder
Did you know that statistics say that boaters and anglers are more satisfied with their marriages and friendships? Also they are more likely to recycle, donate money to environmental organizations and are more likely to have close relationships with their children. This comes out of a study published some years ago by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.
5. Treasure on sea
Did you know that Tommy Thompson was a treasure hunter that located a ship that sank in 1857 called the SS Central America and recovered over $1 billion worth of gold from the several tons the ship carried? However, the strange thing is that he never paid back his crew or investors, and hasn’t been seen in years.
6. Look the other way
Did you know that in 2004 a party yacht tripped over when the passengers all moved to one side of the boat as it passed a nude beach in Texas?
7. 3 days under water. How is that even possible?
Did you know that there was a man that survived under the sea for three days? You wonder how that was possible? Well, it seems that in 2013, the chef of a sunken ship survived for 3 days under the ocean after taking refuge in an air pocket of the ship.
8. “Quarantine” and its origins
Did you know that the word “Quarantine” is strongly related to boating? The word itself comes from the Latin word for 40. This was the number of a days a ship had to wait to dock because of the plague.
So, these are just s couple of the fun things we did talk about that during our trip.
Of course, we would be most satisfied if you, our friends, would share any other facts about boating and sailing that we might not know. Be free to join our community and try our app for free, as well! Available on App Store and Google Play. Free AIS, free user generated live traffic, flotilla mode to see your friends, personal bests automatically logged and a great user interface.