Longitudinal Centre of Flotation. The point about which the vessel tips and trims. It can be referred to as the tipping centre. It is the centroid (the centre of gravity of the waterplane area).

Related Terms

AFT

Back of the vessel.

ASTERN

A backward movement of a vessel

ATHWARTSHIP

Across the ship, at right angles to the fore-and-aft centerline

UPBOUND

A vessel traveling upstream.

BEAM

The width of a ship. Also called breadth.

BREADTH

The width of a ship.

AFFREIGHTMENT

A hiring of a vessel

HYDROMETER

An instrument for determining either the specific gravity of a liquid or the API gravity.

CATAMARAN

A double hulled vessel

COLLIER

Vessel used for transporting coal.

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