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The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. The beam is a bearing projected at right-angles from the fore and aft line, outwards from the widest part of ship. Beam may be used to define the maximum width of a ship's hull, or maximum width including superstructure overhangs. Speaking, the wider the beam of a ship, the more initial stability it has, at the expense of secondary stability in the event of a capsize, where more energy is required to right the vessel from its inverted position. Typical length-to-beam ratios for small sailboats are from 2:1 to 5:1. Large ships have varying beam ratios, some as large as 20:1. Rowing shells designed for flatwater racing may have length to beam ratios as high as 30:1, while a coracle has a ratio of 1:1 – it is nearly circular; the beam of many monohull vessels can be calculated using the following formula: B e a m = L O A 2 3 + 1 Where LOA is Length Overall and all units are in feet. Some examples: For a standard 27 ft yacht: the cube root of 27 is 3, 3 squared is 9 plus 1 = 10.

The beam of many 27 ft monohulls is 10 ft. For a Volvo Open 70 yacht: 70.5 to the power of 2/3 = 17 plus 1 = 18. The beam is around 18 ft. For a 741 ft long ship: the cube root is 9, 9 squared is 81, plus 1; the beam will be around 82 ft, e.g. Seawaymax; as catamarans have more than one hull, there is a different beam calculation for this kind of vessel. BOC stands for Beam On Centerline; this term in used in conjunction with LOA. The ratio of LOA/BOC is used to estimate the stability of multihull vessels; the lower the ratio the greater the boat's stability. The BOC for vessels is measured as follows: For a catamaran: the perpendicular distance from the centerline of one hull to the centerline of the other hull, measured at deck level. For a trimaran: the perpendicular distance between the centerline of the main hull and the centerline of either ama, measured at deck level Other meanings of'beam' in the nautical context are: Beam – a timber similar in use to a floor joist, which runs from one side of the hull to the other athwartships.

Carlin – similar to a beam, except running in a fore and aft direction. Hayler, William B.. American Merchant Seaman's Manual. Cornell Maritime Pr. ISBN 0-87033-549-9. Turpin, Edward A.. Merchant Marine Officers' Handbook. Centreville, MD: Cornell Maritime Press. ISBN 0-87033-056-X

Best Fest is a compilation album by the a cappella group Rockapella. It is first of three Japan-only compilation albums of the group's recordings, featuring a mix of tracks from previous Japanese albums, as well as two new songs that were not available, it was marketed as a "greatest hits" album. As an incentive to get fans to buy it, the album includes two unreleased songs, "Tornado Man" and "Always You", separate track versions of the "Logo" songs, the different versions of the "Rockapella jingle" the group does at the beginning of each of their first five CDs. Scott Leonard – high tenor Sean Altman – tenor Elliot Kermanbaritone Barry Carlbass Jeff Thacher – vocal percussion Jaci Carl – "Fat Jack & Bonefish Joe" Jesse Leonard – "I Know Christmas" David Yazbekvocal percussion – "I Like You Very Much"

Pushy Blueness is an album by pianist Anthony Coleman, released on the Tzadik label in 2006. In his review for Allmusic, arwulf arwulf states "Anthony Coleman's Pushy Blueness was released in 2006 on John Zorn's Tzadik label, should endure as a well-balanced sampling of his creative output during that period". All compositions by Anthony Coleman "Township Jive" - 5:25 "Set Into Motion" - 12:06 "The Hidden Agenda" - 8:38 "Pushy Blueness" - 15:45 Anthony Coleman - piano, mbira, composer Doug Wieselman - E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, electric guitar Marco Cappelli - guitar Joseph Kubera - piano Jim Pugliese - percussion Track 2 performed by The Tilt Brass Band C. J. Camerieri, Charlie Porter, Taylor Haskins - trumpet Chris McIntyre, Joe Fiedler - trombone Jacob Garchik - bass trombone Ann Ellsworth, John Clark - French horn Ron Caswell - tuba Kevin Norton - percussion Greg Evans - conductor