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  Both distance and speed are measured differently on the water then what they are on land. Most everyone has heard the terms "nautical mile" and "knots". To assist you in converting the nautical measurements to the ones we more accustomed to, we have put together a little information that will help. For additional nautical terms and their meanings please visit Boat Safe.

  Statute Mile to Nautical Mile

  1 statute mile is equal to .868976 nautical mile

 Example: 25 miles x .868976 = 21 . 72 nautical miles


Nautical Mile to Statute Mile

 1 nautical mile is equal to 1.15078 statute mile

 Example: 25 nautical miles x 1.15078 = 28.77 statute miles


 Miles per hour to knots

 1 mile per hour is equal to .868976 knots

 Example: 15mph x .868976 = 13 . 034 knots


 Knots to miles per hour

 1 knot is equal to 1.15078 miles per hour

 Example: 20 knots x 1.15078 = 30 . 156 mph


 Fahrenheit to Celsius

 To convert degrees Fahrenheit to degrees Celsius subtract 32 then divide by 1.8

 Example:  75°F - 32  ∕ 1.8= 23. 88°C


 Additional measurement conversions

  Statute mile- is the measurement of distance over land

  Nautical mile- is the measure of distance over water

  1 fathom= 6 feet

  100 fathoms= 1 cable length

  10 cable lengths= 1 nautical mile

  1 nautical mile= 1.15078 statute miles- this is the length of a minute of longitude at the equator

  3 nautical miles= 1 league

  1 knot= 1 nautical mile per hour or 1.15078 statute miles per hour

  10 chains= 1 furlong or 201.17 meters

  60 nautical miles= 1 degree of a great circle of earth (latitude)

  1 statute mile= 5,280 feet

  1 nautical mile= 6,075.115 feet