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: don't understand all the fuss. Use either, who cares? Just don't
: rob us of the choice, that's not the democratic and free market
: way. I have metric on one side of the tape measure and imperial
: on the other. I use which ever works best for the job in hand.
: No big deal. I would use cubits and fathoms if they were more
: appropriate.

: However, it can be a pain to use metric since the only official
: units are mm and meters and there is a factor of 1000; because
: of that measurements in mm often run to several hundreds which
: is more likely to lead to mistakes. In many cases it is less
: likely to lead to an error when I work in feet and inches.

: The division of a foot into 12 inches is dumb I agree, but dividing
: the inch down in steps of 2:1 is convenient and logical. It is
: simply the binary system, the same way computers are built
: internally. I have no trouble with binary arithmetic and in fact
: I worked with computers and digital electronics for many years.

: By comparison, the division of the meter in factors of 10 because
: of the happenstance that we have 10 fingers doesn't seem
: especially logical and scientific to me. Some folk claim it is a
: huge convenience that 1 cubic meter of fresh water weighs
: precisely 1 metric tonne. No much help if you are designing a
: sea-going boat.

: I also worked in metric for decades in various fields so I am not a
: dinosaur. Adopt the metric system by all means, but I would
: oppose efforts to eliminate the imperial system which is
: superior for some purposes such as building a boat.

True, boats (bigger than a kayak) are generally dimmensioned in feet, inches and 8ths then plus or minus to indicate if it's a bit over or under and 8th. That's about the degree of accuracy required, not 64ths. Wood or fiberglass for that matter is too imprecise a material to require a higher degree of accuracy.

Bill H.

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