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You pose a question that very much interests me.

I have not seen the math done in awhile, and it looks to me like the USCG is/has been playing down tonnage numbers.

Hopefully, Bud or someone will correct me if/when I am/shown to be wrong.

But my W32 (with a stbd pilot bearth over the stbd. sea berth, not the dinette to port set up--don't know if it makes any difference) was originally documented 15 gross tons, I believe) and 13 net tons- pretty sure about that. At least the 13 net tons figure is indelibly carved above the forward v-berth. This is consistent with my comparisons to other similarly desigend boats before I settled on the W32 (Southern Cross 32 stands out in the comparison, but came in with a 10 ton figure, gross or net I cannot recall). The W32 has a lot more room, it appears.

The difference, I thought, between the gross ton figure and net ton figure was the engine room space, though I could be wrong on that as well. Bud's the boat builder, so hopefully he can straighten me out.

I could also be wrong that the ton for this volumetric measurement is 100 cubic feet, based more or less on what a standard barrel took up in the way of space in the olden days when they had things like that.

So, my guess is 200 cubic feet for your engine room. I can also suggest that after practically living in the engine room for 6 months with tanks and batteries, and everything else stripped out, it's pretty roomy in there!

What say ye others, mates?


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