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Actually - the Coast Guard has manufacture / boat building regulations that require usage of flotation foam that must be used depending on design criteria, floatability etc....
That particular regulation guide is a "easier to understand" version than what actual manufactures have to adhere to.
So - its really not a "marketing spin" per se - but if one has to do it, may as well use whatever marketing points you can get out of it. That document may help to OP calculate how much foam is actually required.
I would like to add a note here.
This is not a "regulation" - this is a "standard".
Inside on the part about flotation the manual says:
BECAUSE OF THE INHERENT ADVANTAGES OF LEVEL FLOTATION, ALL
BULDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BUILD THEIR BOATS IN COMPLIANCE
WITH THE LEVEL FLOTATION STANDARD DESCRIBED ON THE
FOLLOWING PAGES. BUILDERS WHO CHOOSE BASIC FLOTATION IN
LIEU OF THE ADDED SAFETY FEATURE PROVIDED BY LEVEL
FLOTATION ARE URGED TO CONSIDER INSTALLING THE SURVIVAL
HANDLES DESCRIBED IN APPENDIX D.
This misspellings are not mine. They are the Coast Guard's....or whomever retyped that package for Adobe....
I'd also like to note - I've been in contact with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary - and they've stated quite clearly that neither they, NOR the Coast Guard are "Law Enforcement" officials. lol Not sure why they made that "clear" to me. Oh well.
Rick Donaldson, NØNJY
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