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Flotation and righting a capsized boat...
I have a 50 year old 12' aluminum sailboat. It had enough flotation to keep it from sinking, but not by much. I stuffed a couple old life vests under the seats and it rides much higher now. I was thinking of filling the seats with foam, but didn't.
I capsized it on purpose and found I couldn't right it. It was easy enough by pushing up on the mast, but I can't do that out in the water. Just for the heck of it, I pulled out the extra life vests I put under the seats. It sits lower in the water, and now can be righted. It is still not easy, but at least I can do it by standing on the centerboard.
Does this make sense? Less flotation, sits lower in the water, easier to right?
The good news is that I couldn't capsize it at all without pouring in a lot of water, and even then it went over slowly and should have been easy to save.
Last edited by Toller; 06-27-2014 at 03:24 PM.