Definition of keelboat in English:


Line breaks: keel|boat
Pronunciation: /ˈkiːlbəʊt


  • 1A yacht built with a permanent keel rather than a centreboard.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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