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    RUN a boat

    Hello all.

    I know I can use the following words for "driving" a watercraft, depending what type it is:

    - pilot, paddle, steer, helm, row, sail, skipper it etc...

    ...but what about "run" a boat/ship?


    For what type of a watercraft I can use the word "run" ? Can I use it for the biggest ships, or the smallest? Which type? Could you describe me what the word "run" means in this case?

    Looking forward to your answers!

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    Re: RUN a boat

    I wouldn't use 'run' for any type of watercraft.

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    Re: RUN a boat

    not a teacher

    You will sometimes see "run a boat" in the sense of own/manage a boat, or operate/drive it. Particularly a motorboat.

    "That's not even mentioning what it costs to run a boat around the lake." (sltrib.com)
    "Suddenly, you need to know how to run the boat, you need to know how to use the emergency equipment…" (boatsafe.com)
    "Most boaters wouldn't dare run a boat at full speed 50 feet from someone's pier if kids were swimming there…" (al.com)

    To "run a ship" can mean to manage it in the way that a captain and crew would.
    "Moreover, as in modern navies, the different tasks associated with running a ship were delegated to different subordinates." (wikipedia, Military Ranks)

    This gives rise to the common idiom "run a tight ship", meaning to manage a disciplined and orderly organisation.
    There are many examples here: http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=run+a+tight+ship&l=0
    Last edited by JMurray; 18-Aug-2015 at 10:13. Reason: typo

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    Re: RUN a boat

    A friend of mine had a small speedboat and used to refer to running it.

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