Originally Posted by Art
LOA [including pulpit and swim step] makes sense for a boat yard/marina calculating room occupied when boat is wet or on the hard... caus after all... that is the length of "rental" space being occupied by the boat. However... for using a boat [either regarding its capability in sea conditions and/or inside room for comfortable living-aboard] I believe the deck length from stem to stern should be utilized. Caus, after all... if you remove the pulpit and swim step... you have little change of the boat's seakeeping ability or live-aboard comfort.
That's where I appreciate manufacturers that publish all 3 length figures.