Definition of keelboat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkiːlbəʊt/


1A yacht built with a permanent keel rather than a centreboard.
Example sentences
  • The third edition in 1989 saw the exit of windsurfers and more accent on keelboats, with ocean-going yachts arriving from many points.
  • Still the only youth regatta in the UK to focus on keelboat racing rather than dinghies, the event has a rich tradition of nurturing friendly rivalry, bringing through some of the top Scottish sailors.
  • Between the keelboat and dinghy fleets at Dundee's Royal Tay Yacht Club yesterday more than 40 entries took to the water.
2A large, flat freight boat used on American rivers.
Example sentences
  • In August, re-enactors will launch a keelboat in the Ohio River to retrace the 2,000-mile Lewis and Clark expedition, which started in Pittsburgh.
  • By mid-century the rivers were thick with flatboats and keelboats; the former lifted loads up to 100 tons while the latter typically hauled forty-ton cargoes along the shallower streams.
  • A better boatman, Clark usually stayed on the keelboat while Lewis walked on shore and made his scientific observations.

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