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Old 16th February 2008, 02:21
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Explanation of Load Line Length
LOAD LINE LENGTH is an IMO (International Maritime Organisation) term and was an attempt to ignore funny shaped ships being built to cheat length. What they are defining is a length at 85% of the height of the hull above the top of the keel measured parallel to the waterline and thus ignoring the upper sections of flared bows, counter stems etc.

REGISTERED LENGTH is the old way of measuring length and is often still quoted in the U.K. again it may be helpful to consult the drawings of the vessel if determining load line and registered lengths.
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