The following abbreviations are often used to describe various measurements on a sailboat. Precise technical definitions exist for each abbreviation, but the following is a list of simple descriptions.
|LOA||Length Overall - overall tip-to-tip length of the boat|
|LWL||Length Waterline - length of waterline of the boat|
|DWL||Design Waterline -theoretical waterline length of boat as opposed to LWL, which is actual waterline length|
|BMX||Beam Maximum - width of the boat at the widest point|
|BWL||Beam Waterline - widest beam of boat at the waterline|
|I||Height of the foretriangle measured from the top of the highest sheave to the sheerline|
|I2||Height of staysail halyard above deck|
|J||Base of the foretriangle measured from the front of the mast to the intersection of the forestay and deck|
|J2||Base of staysail triangle|
|P||Luff length of the mainsail|
|E||Foot length of the mainsail|
|LP||Shortest distance from headstay to the clew of the jib|
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