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Length overall

Length overall (LOA, o/a, o.a. or oa) is the maximum length of a


vessel's hull measured parallel to the waterline. This length is
important while docking the ship. It is the most commonly used way
of expressing the size of a ship, and is also used for calculating the
cost of a marina berth[1] (for example, £2.50 per metre LOA).

LOA is usually measured on the hull alone.[2] For sailing ships, this
may exclude the bowsprit and other fittings added to the hull. This is
how some racing boats and tall ships use the term LOA.[3] However, LOA (Length Overall) & LWL (Waterline Length)

other sources may include bowsprits in LOA.[4][5] Confusingly, LOA


has different meanings.[6][7] "Sparred length", "Total length
including bowsprit", "Mooring length" and "LOA including
bowsprit" are other expressions that might indicate the full length of
a sailing ship.

Often used to distinguish between the length of a vessel including


projections (e.g. bow sprits, etc.) from the length of the hull itself, the
Length on Deck or LOD is often reported. This is especially useful
for smaller sailing vessels, as their LOA can be significantly dif
ferent
from their LOD.[8][9] Detailed hull dimensions

LOH
In ISO 8666 for small boats, there is a definition of LOH, or length of hull,.[10] This may be shorter than a vessel's LOA, because it
excludes other parts attached to the hull, such asbowsprits.

LWL
Another measure of length is LWL (loaded waterline length) which is more useful in assessing a vessel's performance. In some cases
(particularly old yachts or vessels with bowsprits) LWL can be considerably shorter than LOA.

See also
The National Register of Historic Vessels
Length between perpendiculars

References

Citations
1. "Boat Moorage" (http://www.mosquitocreekmarina.com/moorage.html). Mosquito Creek Marina. Retrieved
2009-07-13.
2. "Definitions of: Boat, Yacht, Small Craft, and Related Terms" (http://www.westlawn.edu/student_center/definitions.as
p). Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
3. "Racing & Sailing Rules and Special Regulations"(https://web.archive.org/web/20090902233806/http://www .sailtraini
nginternational.org/uploads/images/1233149882328_0.6089951864523053.pdf) (PDF). Sail Training International.
2008. p. 2. Archived fromthe original (http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/uploads/images/1233149882328_0.608
9951864523053.pdf) (PDF) on 2009-09-02.
4. Launer, Donald (2006). Dictionary of Nautical Acronyms and Abbreviations(https://books.google.com/books?id=9_7
ycOuv6a4C&pg=PA64&dq=LOA+length+overall+LOD+donald). Sheridan House, Inc. p. 64.ISBN 978-1-57409-239-
4.
5. "The Dictionary of English Nautical Language"(http://www.seatalk.info/cgi-bin/nautical-marine-sailing-dictionary/db.c
gi?db=db&uid=default&FirstLetter=l&sb=T erm&view_records=View+Records&nh=3). www.seatalk.info. Retrieved
2009-07-13.
6. Schäuffelen, Otmar (2005). Chapman great sailing ships of the world(https://books.google.com/books?id=QgMRudq
oLGQC&pg=PR19&dq=length+overall+unambiguously+tons+gross) . Hearst Books. p. xix.ISBN 978-1-58816-384-4.
7. "Glossary" (https://web.archive.org/web/20090524071747/http://www .wilhelmsen.com/ABOUT/PRESS/Pages/Gloss
ary.aspx). Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA. Archived fromthe original (http://www.wilhelmsen.com/about/press/Pages/Glossar
y.aspx) on 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
8. Launer, Donald (2006). Dictionary of Nautical Acronyms and Abbreviations(https://books.google.com/books?id=9_7
ycOuv6a4C&pg=PA64&dq=LOA+length+overall+LOD+donald). Sheridan House, Inc. p. 64.ISBN 978-1-57409-239-
4.
9. "The Dictionary of English Nautical Language"(http://www.seatalk.info/cgi-bin/nautical-marine-sailing-dictionary/db.c
gi?db=db&uid=default&FirstLetter=l&sb=T erm&view_records=View+Records&nh=3). www.seatalk.info. Retrieved
2009-07-13.
10. "Advanced Sailboat Parameter Calculations & Checks"(http://www.hawaii-marine.com/templates/Products/ASail-e/d
escription.htm). Product description. Hawaii Marine Templates. Retrieved 2009-07-18.

Sources
Hayler, William B.; Keever, John M. (2003). American Merchant Seaman's Manual. Cornell Maritime Pr. ISBN 0-
87033-549-9.
Turpin, Edward A.; McEwen, William A. (1980). Merchant Marine Officers' Handbook(4th ed.). Centreville, MD:
Cornell Maritime Press.ISBN 0-87033-056-X.

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