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bswinhart 12-08-2002 03:37 PM

How can you find your max useful load ?
I have a 1976 18 foot cortez. It was made in Arizona as a 16 foot open cabin. They only made around a hundred of them. There was a couple different people that stretched it to 18 feet and enclosed the cabin. I am an airplane pilot and gross weight is one of the most important concerns. I do not know a lot about sailing or my boat. I do not want to over load it, but I would also like to take some of my friends out. How can I find my useful load?

colehankins 12-09-2002 11:13 AM

How can you find your max useful load ?
try to locate the metal placard that should be in view of the operator while underway regarding payload or useful load for boats under 26''

maxcontax 12-09-2002 05:30 PM

How can you find your max useful load ?
I doubt if you are going to overload an 18 footer with a cabin with people in the cockpit, you will run out of room to work the sheets first. If you are out cruising for a week with 5 others, carrying water and provisions...The other wild card is the wind/wave action, boat heel depending on sail plan and how tender the hull is comes into play. Without seeing the hull and doing the usual seaworthiness numbers to get an impression of what they''ve built, there is not likely an answer. I watched a San Juan 21 turtle in high winds because it had two crewmembers out on the deck together, taking in the laundry, and when she heeled, they both grabbed the boom and mast, and over it went.

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