I think that most all around boaters... (grew up around all different kids of boats and learn their terminology on the docks) use the term freeboard correctly to describe the distance bewteen the gunwale and the waterline. I can't ever remember anyone at either of my yacht clubs using the term freeboard to describe cockpit depth.Originally Posted by noboat
Especially those without cockpits.
We tend to refer to "cockpit depth" as "inside gunwale height."
I think that maybe more perf boaters may use freeboard to describe cockpit depth. (As we see here on OSO.) But not more boaters in general.
("gunwale" of course is pronounced "gunnell.")