Fetch

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Fetch

Fetch may refer to the inland distance a vessel travels to reach the open ocean, or the distance over which waves and winds develop. In terms of a distance to the open sea, the fetch and freshwater allowance can be used to justify a temporary exceeding of the vessels load line. In terms of distance contributing to the making of waves, the fetch is considered effectively unlimited over larger scales, such as oceans. In long bodies of water, it is possible to have an unlimited fetch one direction, and a finite fetch in another (such as the Great Lakes).

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