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1.The horizontal platforms extending from one side of the vessel's hull to the other, forming levels of a vessel corresponding to the floors or stories of a building; e.g. main deck, 2nd deck, weather deck, etc. 2.The floor structure itself of any of these levels, upon which the cargo is placed. 3. On yachts, the deck is open to weather and the sole is the deck under cover such as within the cabin.