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Spud McLaren
865849.  Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:57 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Now, another question. Are "flying boat" and "seaplane" two names for the same thing, or is there a subtle difference?
I had hitherto understood that a flying boat had a hull that was (or was part of) the fuselage, a floatplane was an aeroplane with floats attached in place of the wheels, and a seaplane was a blanket term for both. But it's a long time since I was at all concerned about such things, so I may be wrong.

Peregrine Arkwright
968561.  Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:55 am Reply with quote


what's the difference between a ship and a boat?

The Navy, as pointed out, have their own convention but for everyone else is it not also a matter also of type of voyage? Ships cross oceans while boats, generally, keep close to shore.
I realise that hardy souls can set off in a boat and sail it round the world but that is considered exceptional and newsworthy, the exception that proves the norm.

968567.  Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:05 am Reply with quote

Why is the Navy plural?

968698.  Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:06 pm Reply with quote

Because it has a lot of boats?

968707.  Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:48 am Reply with quote

Na. The country has lots of inhabitants. ???

968780.  Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:26 pm Reply with quote

What about cruise ships that only travel rivers or the Med, they don't travel the oceans and are called ships.


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