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  1. mackid068
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    What is a motor launch? Sorry for the sort of idiotic question.
     
  2. artemis
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    artemis Steamboater

    Many years ago, when the English were the final arbitrators of "a gentleman's pastime":

    Under 50' was considered a "launch";
    50' to 90' was considered a "pinnace";
    Over 90' was a "yacht".

    But those days, sadly or not, are no more. Today a 30' x 15' plastic milk jug is a yacht. :D

    Ron Fossum
     
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    Ordinarily a Launch is used to take folks to the "real " boat.

    Think "dink" , but scaled up to fit the mother ship.

    I have a Navy 50 "launch" that was used to carry 150 enlisted on shore leave from a carrier.

    Most Passenger Cruise boats use life boats as "launches" to get their folks to the shore .

    FAST FRED
     
  4. Lew Morris
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    Lew Morris Industrial Designer

    At one point the United States Navy called any vessel UNDER three hundred feet a "boat." Over three hundred feet and it was defined as a "ship."

    Hence the reason a 175' fast torpedo attack vessel, and submarines (generally only a few feet over the 300' length until after WWII) bore the moniker "Torpedo Boat" and "Submarine Boat".
     

  5. mackid068
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    Ok, so a launch is more like a tender.
     
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