Types of Boats: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

There are so many kinds of boats out there, it can be hard to keep track. Come and learn about a few of the different types of boats in this lesson, including those with motors and those without motors.

What Are Boats Used For?

The sun is shining. Your hair is blowing in the wind. You start to daydream as you watch the water rush quickly beside you, behind you and in front of you. You are on a boat! This is the good life.

Boats are used for many different reasons. One of those reasons is for fun. People use their boats for recreational purposes, such as fishing, tubing or just hanging out. Another way that boats are used is for transportation.

Just like there are different reasons for using boats, there are also different types of boats. Let's check some of them out.

Boats With Motors

Cars aren't the only things that are powered by a motor - there are many boats that use motors, as well. These are known as motorboats, or power boats. Motor boats have a motor that propels the boat atop the water. The motors vary in horsepower - some can power the boat to go 100 mph!

One of the most popular types of motorboats is a pontoon boat. A pontoon boat is normally rectangle in shape and floats on two big cylinders that are normally made from aluminum. These are the pontoons!

Pontoons are sometimes called party boats because they are the perfect boat to relax on with friends. There is normally plenty of seating and they are typically driven at a relaxed speed.

You can see the top of the pontoons that the boat is floating on in this picture.

Speedboats are another type of motorboat. These boats are designed to go super fast. Speedboats are perfect to tow someone on a tube, water skis or wakeboards.

Boats Without Motors

There are many types of boats that do not need a motor to move, such as a kayak. People are able to propel a kayak forward by using a double-sided oar. They sit in the kayak and paddle the oar from side to side. Talk about a workout! Canoes are similar, except that you use a single-sided oar.

Canoeing and kayaking are both events in the Olympics. They have also been used for a long time, dating back to the times of the Native Americans.

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