Boat Gunwale Definition
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A gunwale can be defined in boating terms as the topmost edge of a boat's hull. It is also known in slang terms as a gunnel.
The gunwale is a historical derivative of the place where cannons were once mounted on each side of the boat. It represents the topmost edge of the hull from stem to stern.
In vessel documentation admeasurement terms, the gunwale is where the topmost part of the hull amidships is measured to the bottom of the keel. It also has meaning in freeboard measurements which end at the waterline.
This term is of consequence to most boaters when applying for USCG vessel documentation or in identifying hardware attached to that location.
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8/9/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.