So if the boat gets bigger in size it should be appropriate to use piloting and captaining as the verbs. Like in this picture.At some point in the size of the boat I think it changes to "piloting". "Captain" is also a verb, and it means driving. "Skipper" is both a noun and a verb.
But I would agree with Uncle Jack, a motor boat does not get "sailed", sailboats do.
I'm not so sure. There must come a point at which you can no longer use "drive": you don't drive an oil tanker, a cross-channel ferry or a luxury yacht. To me, "piloting" suggests manoeuvering the vessel in a confined space, while "captaining" implies being in charge of it. You could "steer" a vessel too close to the rocks so that it ran aground, but I'd have thought "sail" was the most usual all-purpose verb.So if the boat gets bigger in size it should be appropriate to use piloting and captaining as the verbs.
I, too, have no problem with "sail" being used as a verb for people navigating, steering and otherwise controlling a motorised boat, but when it comes to a small motorboat, punt, rowing boat, scull, kayak or canoe, where you can clearly make out what the people are doing and there is a specific term available to describe it, then I would always use the more specific term: Drive, punt, row, scull or paddle, as the case may be, or "sail", for people controlling a boat driven by the wind. In ordinary English there is overlap between "row" and "scull" and "row" and "paddle", but few people would look at a boat being propelled by oars or a punt and use the verb "sail" to describe what the people in the boat were doing (though they might describe the boat itself as sailing).
These vessels (boats?) are also propelled by paddles:
I will use "rowing" for this type of a boat.
I will use "paddling" for this type of boat.
I will use " sculling" for this type of boat. Here the both the oars I think are fixed to a point. And the rider is propelling the boat using both the oars at the same time rather than pulling the oars alternately.
In the picture in the original post. I will use "driving" as suggested by you.
For ships I will use " captaining". And for boats which move forward using wind I will use "sailing".
Am I right?
Very confusing for a non-native speaker. The sport hasn't grown here so much in my country. Probably there are specific words in my own langauge too, but which I am unware of.You are quite correct, but don't be surprised to find other people calling it "rowing". Also, there is a different type of sculling, using just one oar:
It is probably the best choice for this image. But "maneuvering", "docking" and other specific tasks might call for those specific words.In terms of the original picture, which showed a small motorboat, I would probably say that they are operating the boat. None of the other options is completely appropriate.
I want to know the other words, for people who is on the boat.It is probably the best choice for this image. But "maneuvering", "docking" and other specific tasks might call for those specific words.