a roughly built, shallow freight boat, having a keel to permit sailing into the wind.

Origin of keelboat

1685–95; keel1 or keel2 + boat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel, used for freight and moved by towing, punting, or rowing
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Word Origin and History for keelboat

1690s, from keel + boat.

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