A boat running upstream takes 8 hours 48 minutes to cover a certain distance, while it takes 4 hours to cover the same distance running downstream. What is the ratio between the speed of the boat and speed of the water current respectively?

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Let the man's rate upstream be x kmph and that downstream be y kmph.
Then, distance covered upstream in 8 hrs 48 min = Distance covered downstream in 4 hrs.

\Rightarrow x \times 8 \frac{4}{5}=y \times 4$\\ $\Rightarrow \frac{44}{5} x=4 y$\\ $\Rightarrow y=\frac{11}{5} x$\\ $\therefore$ Required ratio\\ $=\frac{y+x}{2}: \frac{y-x}{2}$\\ $=\left(\frac{16 x}{5} \times \frac{1}{2}\right):\left(\frac{6 x}{5} \times \frac{1}{2}\right)$\\ $=\frac{8}{5}: \frac{3}{5}$\\ $=8: 3$

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