Naval term used to refer to any defensive non- starship.

In general, the term boat is reserved for craft produced for local defensive operations. While non-interstellar in nature, they are heavily armed and armoured. These are generally termed System Defence Boats.

The term is also used to refer to small craft which are designed for interplanetary use; for example, lifeboat, ship's boat, slow boat.

(SUPP-8, 1107)

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