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  1. #1
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    Default a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Just think of the time it would save looking for a tape !




    How about a 360 degree protractor on the back of your hand ?
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    I've got a tat just like that one, although it's not down my leg.

    Richard

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    I doubt whether it will maintain long-term accuracy. Of course, that may be an incentive for maintaining ones figure!

    Much simpler (and less painful) to use:
    Top joint of thumb = 1"
    Tip of middle finger to elbow = 1 cubit (=18"). I use this all the time when measuring furniture to see if it will fit! It was good enough for building pyramids, so it'll do for me.
    Width of outspread arms = about 5', but varies with height and build - but fixed for a particular person and useful for measuring rope!
    Width of hand across 4 fingers (not including the thumb) = about 4" (used to measure horses, I am told!)
    Last edited by AntarcticPilot; 26-04-19 at 10:13.

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Quote Originally Posted by AntarcticPilot View Post
    I doubt whether it will maintain long-term accuracy. Of course, that may be an incentive for maintaining ones figure!

    Much simpler (and less painful) to use:
    Top joint of thumb = 1"
    Tip of middle finger to elbow = 1 cubit (=18"). I use this all the time when measuring furniture to see if it will fit! It was good enough for building pyramids, so it'll do for me.
    Width of outspread arms = about 5', but varies with height and build - but fixed for a particular person and useful for measuring rope!
    Width of hand across 4 fingers (not including the thumb) = about 4" (used to measure horses, I am told!)
    Nose to fingertip is a yard - approximately

    TS

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS View Post
    I've got a tat just like that one, although it's not down my leg.

    Richard
    Is it retractable, or folding?

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Little finger nail at arms length just over half a degree.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Tribe View Post
    Is it retractable, or folding?
    Telescopic, I suspect.

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Quote Originally Posted by tudorsailor View Post
    Nose to fingertip is a yard - approximately

    TS
    I have a sister in the Gas Board, if you want t meet er

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS View Post
    I've got a tat just like that one, although it's not down my leg.

    Richard
    Yeah .... we're talking about a substitute for a tape measure, not a micrometer ....

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    Default Re: a tattoo with a real boaty purpose :)

    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS View Post
    I've got a tat just like that one, although it's not down my leg.

    Richard
    I bet the fishes (and crews) eyes open an bit wider when you start brandishing that about.
    Do everyone a favour - Smile !

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