LOA

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The characters LOA stand for 'Length Over All'. The term LOA is commonly used to indicate maximum hull length of a vessel. LOA is the most commonly-used way of expressing the size of a boat, and is also used for calculating the cost of a marina berth (for example, 2.50 per metre LOA). Another measure of length is LWL - "Length, WaterLine" - which is more useful in assessing a vessel's performance. In some cases (particularly old yachts) LWL can be considerably shorter than LOA.

LOA can also stand for Living Overseas Allowance, a sum paid to British Forces personnel stationed in other countries. It is intended to exactly counteract the financial effects of living in another country (international phone bills, for example) and the difference in cost-of-living, if any. The stated aim is to allow the individual or family to enjoy a similar standard of lifestyle to what they would have in the UK - no more, no less. A different rate of LOA applies to each country in the world and these are regularly updated according to the circumstances there. Template:Water-stub

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