Gender of Vessels - a named boat is one of the last nouns in
the English language that still has a gender. It is always female,
referred to as "she" or "her", regardless
of gender of the vessel name.
Piloting a Vessel - the historically correct term for
steering a watercraft is "piloting", like aircraft, they got
the term from boats and ships. Modern usage is unfortunately turning
toward "driving", which actually should only
be done to motor vehicles, such as cars and trucks, and also teams of horses.
Vessels - all freshwater vessels are "boats",
salt water vessels are "ships". The only time a freshwater vessel
can be properly be called a ship is when she is a "museum ship"
or a "lightship".