Originally Posted by Ebach
What says a boat is a trawler or a yacht? Is it the speed they go? I have been looking at some trawler brokers and but a lot of the boats are listed as yachts.
Often, it's just marketing terminology. Unless of course one is British, in which case all sailboats are "yachts" and they disdain "motorboats"
"Trawlers" do tend to have full displacement hulls (after the manner of fishing trawlers), trawler-style (yachts, boats, whatever) tend to have semi-displacement hulls, "fast trawlers" (sort of an oxymoron) tend to have semi-planning hulls... and so forth.
But often, it can be called whatever the owner (or the salesman/broker) wants to call it... with intention that shoppers have a general clue... and can quickly differentiate between something like a trawler and something like a sportfish or something like an express cruiser... and so forth.
Then if you're a mind to, you can call it a yacht if you like, if you can do it with a straight face, and if you don't expect the audience to label you as pretentious should you do so.