Why is boat length measured in feet?

You can often hear that someone owns a yacht that is 30 feet long. But why not just say that the size of my yacht is 9.14 meters? This is much clearer. Why is it always feet that are used to indicate the length of boats, and not the meters familiar to us?

Why is boat length measured in feet?

We had to inherit the footage of seagoing ships from the British, who have always used and continue to use this ancient measure of length. In fact, a foot roughly corresponds to the length of an adult's foot and is 30 centimeters.

Beginning in 1960, 1 foot was equated to 30.48 centimeters.

**1 feet**** = 30.48 cm**

1 foot divided by 12 inches.

**1 foot = 12 inches**

How do I represent feet and inches in writing?

Instead of the word foot, when writing near the number, use a single apostrophe ('), and instead of the word inch, use a double apostrophe ("). So if we need to indicate that our boat is 21 feet 6 inches, we write 21'6. " And this is the same as 6.55 meters. It's simple, isn't it?

In order to quickly convert feet to meters and understand the length of the yacht in question, you need to divide the feet by 3. So you get, though not accurate, but a very approximate number in meters. So a boat that is 21 feet in length would be approximately 7 meters.

Air sea miles

Sometimes we also have to use air miles to measure distance and altitude. In this case, it is also common to use feet. So the navigator can say: "We are flying at an altitude of 10,000 miles."

Shipyards

Shipyards often report the length of their yachts in feet rather than meters. For example: new **Fountaine-pajot** will be 47 feet (14.32 m). However, if we are talking about motor boats, then everything in this case is customary to indicate the length in meters. So, dealers will tell us that a motor yacht **Merry Fisher 750** is 7.5 meters long, not 75 feet.

Feet to Meter Conversion Table

12 feet = 3.66 m | 38 feet = 11.58 m |

15 feet = 4.57 m | 40 feet = 12.19 m |

18ft = 5.49m | 45 feet = 13.72 m |

20 feet = 6.10 m | 50ft = 15.24m |

21 ft = 6.40 m | 55 feet = 16.76 m |

22 feet = 6.70 m | 60 feet = 18.29 m |

25 feet = 7.62 m | 70 feet = 21.34 m |

28 feet = 8.53 m | 80 ft - 24.38 m |

30 feet = 9.14 m | 90 feet = 27.43 m |

35 feet = 10.67 m | 100 feet = 30.48 m |

11.10.2016

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