Definition of keelboat in English:



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

    • ‘Between the keelboat and dinghy fleets at Dundee's Royal Tay Yacht Club yesterday more than 40 entries took to the water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The regatta began with a mixture of keelboats, catamarans, Lasers and, even, wind-surfers, occasioning some ‘interesting’ confrontations.’
    • ‘Sunday will feature a long-distance race for catamarans and keelboats.’
    • ‘On home territory, Loch Lomond Sailing Club held their closing keelboat regatta in some devilish conditions.’
    • ‘More and more keelboats are coming to the area and we expect to see yacht racing develop significantly in the coming months.’
    • ‘Mansfield, who was brought up sailing keelboats out of the Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven, seems to do better when he is battling in bigger fleets.’
    • ‘Scots are at a massive disadvantage if they want to progress to become a full-time keelboat sailor, and you really have to be on the Solent to get the same opportunities as everyone else.’
    • ‘If keelboats are in for women, it is likely to be in match racing.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, wind or no wind, the Fourteenth Regatta, with a record number of keelboats and ocean going catamarans peaking at 93 craft, was probably the best on record, in terms of sponsorship, management, the social side and the media.’
  • 2A large, flat freight boat used on rivers.

    • ‘Five days after this meeting, Lewis left the keelboat.’
    • ‘John Bradbury, a British naturalist employed by the Botanical Society of Liverpool to study North American flora, left St. Charles in the spring of 1810 on a small keelboat of ten oars.’
    • ‘Her daddy was Mike Fink, the keelboat man, who was famous for his daring deeds on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.’
    • ‘We know exactly what was issued and left on the keelboat with the expedition.’
    • ‘An 8-foot-by - 12-foot map of the Lewis and Clark journey will be displayed alongside the keelboat.’
    • ‘Before the advent of the steamboat, keelboats were the dominant boat for upriver travel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had recorded it two years earlier, but after two years and 7,000 miles by foot, horse, canoe, and keelboat, Lewis still maneuvered his vessel to the Missouri's shore in search of one last flower.’
    • ‘Fur traders used keelboats to travel upstream.’
    • ‘A better boatman, Clark usually stayed on the keelboat while Lewis walked on shore and made his scientific observations.’
    • ‘It's one thing to float down with a strong, albeit gentle, four-mile-an-hour current behind, but what must it have been like towing a 55-foot keelboat that drew three feet of water against this current?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The keelboat was too big to go any further, so they built themselves dugout canoes.’
    • ‘Please note, for older dinghies and keelboats the measurements are almost invariably in feet and inches.’
    • ‘The keelboat is a discovery experience as an outside exhibit next to the Entrance sidewalk.’
    • ‘This journey entailed a keelboat to Cincinnati, then to Louisville, Kentucky, and Shawnee Town, Illinois, and finally by wagon to Saint Louis.’