Boat Draft Definition
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A draft in boating terms can be defined as the distance from a boat's waterline to deepest most protrusion of the hull, keel, and any propulsion devices.
A boat's draft is basically the minimum depth it would take to float a boat without touching the bottom. This can vary depending on the amount of weight placed upon a boat including such things as cargo, equipment, furnishings, passengers, fuel, and any other items that are not an integral part of it's structure. A boat's buoyancy may also be affected by fresh or salt water and even atmospheric conditions for that matter.
The draft measurement is critical for navigational purposes, especially in shallow waters and areas of entanglement such as kelp beds.
Boaters should be acutely aware of their boat's existential draft as related to the depth, condition and type of waters in which navigating. Contact with the bottom and entanglements are some of the more common operational hazards, especially when cruising inland or coastal waters..
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8/10/2022- Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.