It was at the first conference of the IYRU that the "Meter Rule" was devised, for 6-, 8-, and 12-Meter Class yachts. In each case, the Meter Class measurement is not a length, but the result of a formula representing a computation of waterline length, beam, draft, freeboard, and sail area, with certain other restrictions also taken into account. These are therefore not one-
design classes, but boats built to conform to rules which make racing even-handed without stifling innovative design. Typically the Meter Class yachts are long, low, beautiful sloops. Boats of this era rarely had a deckhouse, while a cockpit or guardrails
were unheard of. Racing was an extremely wet experience for the crew. Many Meter Class yachts from between the war years are still traceable: some have been restored and race as an International Class alongside modern yachts built to the same measurements.
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.