Slate.com's Luxury Explainer picked a familiar topic for this weeks column: What is a Yacht?
Many of the yachts used as an example are large and luxurious, but the author also points out that a yacht as a symbol of luxury is unqiue to the United States. In other countries weekend sailors might talk of going out on their yacht, while in the U.S. that would be considered a sailboat.
Hornblower refers to all our vessels yachts. Some of them are large, like the Hornblower Infinity at 210 feet, or the San Francisco Belle at 292. Both are beautiful boats, but neither boasts indoor gynasiums or lap pools. Some of our smaller yachts, like the Wild Goose or Zumbrota are smaller, but have the traditional yacht layout with staterooms and entertaining areas. Both of those boats were actually used as luxury yachts before the mega-yacht became the status symbol. Wild Goose belonged to screen ledgend John Wayne and Zumbrota was a treasured posession of Charles Ringling, founder of Ringling Brothers Circus (and, actually, named for his favorite elephant).
Regardless of size or amenity a yacht is nice way to refer to a vessel and it's our preferred way of classifying our fleet. Regardless of the connotation of luxury, a cruise on a Hornblower yacht is not something reserved for the weathy, it's actually something anyone can do on almost any night of the week. If you are looking for that perfect holiday gift for someone - you know, the gift that says luxurious, but won't break the bank - try a Hornblower gift certificate. Just make sure you invite yourself along for the ride!