What is Beam?
In this post were talking about nautical beam. In simple terms, when measuring a ship at the widest point on the waterline that is known as, “Waterline Beam” whereas above, “Beam” is the widest part of the vessel.
As for why the width of a vessel is so important, keep in mind that the greater the width specifically at the waterline (in most cases) the more stable the vessel. For example a canoe has a relatively limited width which makes it easy to capsize. Putting that understanding into practice, imagine how difficult it would be to capsize a large cargo ship. The reason for this is the cargo ship’s width and flatter bottom make it incredibly stable in the water.
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