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minhduc

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vietnamese
Hi all. This is an extract from Gong Dutch by Katie Fforde.

"He continued to look at her in a way that made her twitchy. Was he surveying her, looking for signs of damage, pitting, patches of her hull that were thinner than others? The last thought made her smile but eventually she had to break the silence."

A man who used to be a boat surveyor is visiting the boat of a woman. They used to know each other but they haven't met each other for nearly twenty years. Now he is going to move the woman's boat to another destination.

Please explain the meaning of "pitting" in this case to me. I can't find the definition of it anywhere. Thanks.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "Pits" in a hull are little holes, minhduc. They would be holes that damaged the surface metal, fiberglass, or whatever else covered the hull. If he's looking for "signs of pitting" on that hull, he is looking for evidence that something has created little holes on the surface of the hull.
     

    Fabulist

    Banned
    American English
    "Pits" in a hull are little holes, minhduc. They would be holes that damaged the surface metal, fiberglass, or whatever else covered the hull. If he's looking for "signs of pitting" on that hull, he is looking for evidence that something has created little holes on the surface of the hull.
    Note: the "pits" are "holes" that don't go all the way through the surface material. Therefore, water can't get through them. If the "pits" get deeper and deeper, they might eventually go all the way through the hull plates and create a leak.

    Pit in the hull
    ____ ......_______
    ......|___|
    _______________

    Hole through the hull
    ___....____
    .....| |
    ___| |____
     
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