Originally Posted by 44'cruisingcat
2 or more full length decks above the waterline = a ship. Thats why submarines are called boats regardless of how huge they are - only 1 deck
above the waterline.
I like this definition, as now I don't have to feel foolish when refering to the 4100 teu container ships (largest to service
New Zealand) as the boat.
But then some of us, that work these ships in port, have a tendency to refer to the ends as the sharp end, and the blunt end. I guess it depends on who you are conversing with and the situation, as to what the appropriate language is.