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From early in human history, people have put boats into water to transport goods and people. Until the late 19th century, the main source of power for seagoing vessels was the wind captured by sails. This was also the source of power used by most coastal cruisers carrying goods and people along riparian or sea shores. From the voyages of Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan, to the clipper ships trading with Asia, sailing ships were the means of transportation.

The advent of coal, oil, and nuclear powered vessels led to the almost total abandonment of sailing vessels. Even pleasure boats came to be motorizes. However, especially after World War II, sailing for pleasure or sport became increasingly popular. Today, virtually every harbor or marina in the ...

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