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Old 10-12-2009, 19:01   #46
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and finally nobody has mentioned BTU's (British Thermal Units) - only used in US
Not true, we use it as well- for heating and cooling!
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2 feet = 10 toes?
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All measurements in a drawing are, or should be, presented in mm. When speaking in general terms it's usually in metres.

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This thread shows many sailors with a quick sense of humour. But this quote reminds me of the feet and inches house plans I drew up while in the US, then converted to mm when we moved to Oz (the 40 ft wide house became a 12 192 mm wide house), and then on return to the US, the builder took one look at the plans, all in mm, and threw up (his hands that is). So we did a re-re-conversion.

The killer in Oz was the conversion to metric that took 4' x 8' plywood and wall board and made it 1200 x 2400 mm, which doesn't cover studs on 16" centres (in all but new buildings), without a heck of a lot of waste (but it sure sells more sheets). At least the (painful) conversion was done in one fell swoop, and even the 8.5 x 11 paper went to A4. Canada has a bastardized system of mix and match.

But the quip about the USA, Liberia and Burma as the only holdouts was priceless --- we are known by the company we keep!
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Old 10-12-2009, 20:32   #49
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Don't be a prig. A sailor needs to be fluent in every possible unit of measurement, without making a fuss about it. There is no EU nanny-state program at sea, to guaranty your human right to logical units of measurements. If you can't even handle feet and meters, go back to land. You also need to understand fathoms and cables, inches of mercury, millibars, psi, bar, quarts, gallons (U.S. and Imperial), liters, grams, kilos, pounds, and so forth, and translate between them fluently. How for bloody sake do you read a chart, if you're already so puzzled? Some of them still show depth in fathoms.
You forgot furlongs.
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And firkins per fortnight for the real drinklers !!! (1 firkin = 40.9 L)
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You forgot furlongs.
Good thing we're not still using leagues.
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Cattys and Taels are used in the markets here.

After 12 years I still haven't figured out if ithey are weights or a volumes.

If I'm buying something light it seems to be restricted by volume, buying something heavy and its a weight.

I have my suspicions...
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The foot can easily be divided into equal parts of halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, or twelfths. The meter can only be divided easily into equal halves, fifths, or tenths.
The meter can also be easily divided (at least by some people) into equal quarters, twentieths, or fiftieths.
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Well, at least the US isn't alone. There are two other countries in the world which are not on the metric system: Burma, Liberia.


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Gold is measured in Troy ounces, or avoirdupios!!! What the H*LL is that?

So are nautical or marine parts and supplies. Stick "Marine" in front of it it goes to troy ounces from the each, dozen or package. have you noticed the guys at West wearing a jewelers loupe carrying a scale?
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because men always tell women the 12 inches lie? ;-)
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Gold is measured in Troy ounces, or avoirdupios!!! What the H*LL is that?
Thus proving that while a pound of lead is the same weight as a pound of feathers, neither is the same as a pound of gold.

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I had a little think about it last night and came to the conclusion that it's because I have charts in fathoms, feet and metres in my cruising area. I can easily convert m/ft and fathoms/ft, but fathoms to metres seems to tax the old grey matter too much. So working in feet seems to be the easiest to work in........
So multiplying fathoms by 2 to get meters (almost) is difficult

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You forgot furlongs.
And rods, roods, perches, chains and links.....
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because men always tell women the 12 inches lie? ;-)
Usually goes like this:
-OMG, it's so huge!
-Don't worry baby, it's only 12 inches.

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This thread shows many sailors with a quick sense of humour. But this quote reminds me of the feet and inches house plans I drew up while in the US, then converted to mm when we moved to Oz (the 40 ft wide house became a 12 192 mm wide house), and then on return to the US, the builder took one look at the plans, all in mm, and threw up (his hands that is). So we did a re-re-conversion.

The killer in Oz was the conversion to metric that took 4' x 8' plywood and wall board and made it 1200 x 2400 mm, which doesn't cover studs on 16" centres (in all but new buildings), without a heck of a lot of waste (but it sure sells more sheets). At least the (painful) conversion was done in one fell swoop, and even the 8.5 x 11 paper went to A4. Canada has a bastardized system of mix and match.

But the quip about the USA, Liberia and Burma as the only holdouts was priceless --- we are known by the company we keep!
We keep company with Cananda so what's that saying?
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We keep company with Cananda so what's that saying?
Being Canadian, I think it says you keep bloody good company. Now, if you said you kept company with Oz, I'd have to say you keep even better company (wife's watching every letter I type --- she's an Aussie).
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