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I usually see captains experience listed with gross tonnage certificates.  I understand that part but am not sure how it relates to size of the yacht they captained.

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Ahoy David,

Thanks for your email. Here is my simple answer. Gross tonnage is calcualted by measuring the volume a boat or ship can carry. If it is a ship, you multiply the depth of the boat (from the top of the gunwale to the bilge) by its length and width. For a recreational boat, the volume is usually calculated by multiplying the depth of the cockpit by its width and length.

For more info on the subject, Google "ship's gross tonnage."

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