Originally Posted by OldDan1943
Since the unnamed rule maker decided the swim platform must be included in the OAL, no longer can we make a decision on AOL without knowing the year.
Example, my boat was purchased and documented as 34.5 ft. Then magically, over night, it became a 36.5ft because the swim platform was added in. The hull is the same.
I asked the builder why the sudden change. His answer was straight forward, because we can charge more and everyone just followed along.
Soooooo, if you have 2footites, the newer boat ..... are all automatically taking care of that.
I sort of wish I bought an older 41ft AT. Now the newer ATs are called it 43ft boat I think ??
You have to be careful of what you buying when it comes to AOL. maybe the WLL will become more important ????
The new lengths are a bit more accurate. On older boats, they often used the LOD, but listed it as the LOA. So they were claiming the LOA as the length of the hull mold without bolt-ons. But that's not really LOA. If you look at the detailed specs for boats, some builders just list LOA and LWL on new stuff, some also list either LOD or "hull length" to give a good idea of how much actual space it has. AT seems to only list LOA and LWL, but Beneteau lists all 3 on their sailboats, for example.
Example: My boat was sold as 38 feet. It's actually 38' LOD (length of the hull mold across the deck). LWL is 33'6". Measured true LOA including the swim platform and pulpit is 42'4". If sold now, it would be called a 42 or 43 most likely.