Stem (Merf exemplar)
Unitec Theory document description:
NOTE: If this Trade Term is not within the Unitec Theory Document you may use a similar Glossary of terms from elseware. You must however, still develop your own description for the Trade term. (as below example)

Student developed description:
The gathered area at the front (fwd end) of the vessel has a constructional member called a STEM. It allows the planking to be attached securely, and may help in preventing a sailing vessel from bending excessively from the loaded mast forestay attachment. Also may be useful in helping minimise vessel damage in a head on collision.


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The above is intended as a visual aid to the written trade term description: