Sea Ray 420 Sundancer: a lot bigger than it looks.. The way we measure a boat’s size must have been dreamt up by a person who wrote fairy tales. Once upon a time, someone with a good imagination and sense of humor decided that length would be the standard. This is why today a boat’s LOA (length overall) is the gauge for how much you pay for winter storage, bottom painting, being hauled over the road, or docking at a marina. But the more you look at boats, the more it becomes obvious that using length alone creates a situation where no one lives happily ever after.
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