Fun facts, Trivia and Titbits about Sailing and Boats

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Sailing is one of those hobbies that has an air of mystery and intrigue surrounding it. Those who do sail usually enjoy it so much that they try and fit their entire lives around the activity, while those who have never sailed before are often wondering what it must be like to spend time out at sea.

Naturally, there’s an endless amount of information to learn about the boating world and even experienced skippers might not know everything there is to know. To shed some light on the mysterious and interesting world of sailing, we’ve put together a list of sailing fun facts, trivia and titbits.

If you’re happily cruising out at sea in your boat and suddenly you get a whiff of cucumber or cantaloupe, then it’s likely that you’re near a spot where fish have been foraging for bait. The oils released by chewed-up fish smell just like it when they rise to the surface. Another sign to look out for is a thin, smooth film on the water surface.

The Knock Nevis has since been scrapped, but for a while, she was the undisputed queen of the seven seas, at least when considering her size. With a length of 458m, you had to set off on time if you had an appointment on the other side of the boat!

The History Supreme was believed to be the most expensive yacht ever to be built. It was supposed to be 30m long and come with a staggering price tag of $4.5 billion. The dream was to have the yacht plated with 100,000 kg of gold and platinum. On top of that, it was supposed to contain a statue made out of T-Rex bones, a liquor bottle featuring an 18.5ct diamond, and various bits made out of meteorites. Sadly, this concept never came reality. Although it will surely only be a matter of time before a similar boat will be on the ocean..

It is a well-known fact that the Titanic was the largest passenger ship of its time. The British passenger liner, which tragically collided with an iceberg and sank during its maiden voyage in 1912, was 269m long. But compared to today’s ocean giants, it was a mere dwarf. The Oasis cruise liners, for instance, are 360m long.

The Russian billionaire and owner of FC Chelsea Roman Abramovich is one of the richest people on earth and the splendour of this yacht Eclipse reflects that. The $1.2 billion boat requires 70 crew members to maintain it. That’s not surprising considering it comes with a private submarine, two helipads, an aquarium, several swimming pools and a state-of-the-art security system.


The world of sailing is full of amazing facts and information. Every day there are more fascinating things to learn about the waters, the boats and their owners.

Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media

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