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    #1

    the point .. may be substituted for the fore perpendicular and the whole sentence

    Hello again.

    For the convenience of the measurement the point where the keel is connected to the curve of the stern may be substituted for the fore perpendicular in the measurement of the length.

    In my opinion, the sentence under discussion means as follows:

    In order to make the measurement easier, the point where the keel is connected to the curvature of the stern may replace the fore perpendicular during the measurement of the length.

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    In order to make the measurement easier, the fore perpendicular may be replaced by the point where the keel is connected to the curvature of the stern during the measurement of the length.

    Could you confirm or deny?

    Thank you.

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    Re: the point .. may be substituted for the fore perpendicular and the whole sentence

    Yes, that's what it means.

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    Re: the point .. may be substituted for the fore perpendicular and the whole sentence

    I understand a line is perpendicular to another if they meet at 90 degrees or a right angle. Perpendicular is an adjective.
    What is a fore perpendicular?
    Last edited by tedmc; 14-Jun-2015 at 09:11.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the point .. may be substituted for the fore perpendicular and the whole sentence

    Actually, in this case 'perpendicular' is a noun, referring to a line perpendicular to the horizontal water line of a fully loaded boat. The fore perpendicular is the perpendicular at the front of the boat, compared to the aft (rear) perpendicular of the boat.

    For some reasons, seaman seem to have a need to give everything a different name on boats. Instead of 'left and right', there's port and starboard'. A 'kitchen' is a 'galley'. A 'floor' is a 'deck'.

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    Re: the point .. may be substituted for the fore perpendicular and the whole sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post

    For some reasons, seamen seem to have a need to give everything a different name on boats. Instead of 'left' and 'right', there's 'port' and 'starboard'.
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