Berth: Any Horizontal Surface Whose Total Area Does Not Exceed One Half Of The Surface Area Of An Average Person At Re

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Berth: Any horizontal surface whose total area does not exceed one half of
the surface area of an average person at rest, onto which at least one
liter of some liquid seeps during any 12-hour period, and above which
there are not less than 10 kilograms of improperly secured objects.
-- from "Sailing" by Henry Beard and Roy Mckie