Superyachts and Airplanes

The similarities between superyachts and airplanes


There are many similarities between superyachts and airplanes. The first commercial airline pilots copied the sea Captain's dress. The foils of a sailboat and the wings of an airplane work in a similar fashion. In flying an airplane, it is Lift that causes the airplane wings to create the necessary force to rise and fly. On a sailboat, lift is the force that moves the ship upward off the waterline. In an airplane, Weight is the force that works opposite to Lift and pulls the plane down. In a sea vessel or superyacht, Weight also is the force that works opposite Lift and pulls the ship down. The first yachts and superyachts were indeed powered by wind sails and these forces such as Lift and Drag and Thrust and Weight are also used in airplane flight just as they were in naval navigation. Thrust propels forward superyachts in the ocean just as it propels forward airplanes in the air, acting in contrast to drag. Drag or resistance is as much a burden to navigation in the sea as it is to navigation in the air. Most airplanes are constructed from aluminum as are most superyachts. Terms such as "Port" and "Starboard" are used by sailors to describe the Left and Right side of a ship, as well as being used in the aviation industry by aviators. In a commercial airplane or on a ship, the passengers always embark and disembark from the "Port" (Left) side. In Europe during the medieval times, it is believed that the Rudder for steering of a ship was always attached from the right side and the German language term was "steuerbord", which went on to become starboard among both sailors and aviators. Some naval experts have also claimed that starboard evolved from the term "steerboard". Aviators also use the term "Rudder" for the part of the airplane that controls the horizontal direction in which the airplane will travel. The first airplanes were essentially designed as flying boats, with medieval drawings depicting boats flying carrying passengers. Leonardo Di Vinci's "Flying Boat" sketch in the early 16th century is an example that flying boats were thought of as holding immense power, the ability of flight and sailing.  The word "nautical" is defined as "navigation" and "maritime" while "aeronautical" is defined as "relating to the science or practice of building or flying aircraft" by the Oxford Languages Dictionary. Floatplanes that sit above two pontoons allowing them to land on water look strikingly similar to ships, with the floatplanes frames resembling a ship's hulll. Air ships or floating ships were envisioned as sea vessels with the capability of air flight. Air travel and aviation was heavily influenced by the maritime industry and many of the same practices of the maritime industry were adopted in to air travel.