I wanted to say simple, it's the vessels weight wait, what weight wet or dry does that include the weight of the passengers that it's certified to carry? Some say it's it's hull volume, hummmm that's the weight too. Now a well informed poster tells us the real meaning that probably is the real meaning which does not help you much, as now it can't be answered.But hey, lets just make it simple but what you think the thing weights don't worry about loads cargo people, heck just put 32,000 lbs or what's that, 16 tons. wait should that be tonnes . hummmm I don't know what that means, lets just use 16 tons and if you are wrong, then you could bring up all these points and then they'll probably say "sounds about right"
Knotreel aka Hammer