BoatWiki - Definitions
Amidships can be defined in boating terms as a fore and aft point half way between the bow and stern. In other words, the middle section of a boat. Amidships is a derivative of the term midship.
In addition to the midpoint of a boat, the term amidships can also apply to the position of its rudder. This would be a point in line with the keel halfway between the port and starboard side.
Amidships generally has no meaning when it comes to state boat registration. However it is a factor when determining tonnage for USCG vessel documentation purposes.
It's good seamanship for boaters to become aware of most contemporary nautical terms, even though not often referenced.
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9/8/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.