Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Another tragedy on the water
Just looking at some boats tells you that they are more likely than others to capsize. It would be a complicated formula to get an accurate "rating" of stability due to hull shape, type of wave, weight distribution, and variable things like loads and water, fuel, etc. An actual physical test, as Gary is saying, seems the only real way, considering the potential danger to people. Get some weights, go out and see how much weight it takes to capsize the boat under various sea conditions. Cars are crash tested to rate safety and perhaps boats should also have a similar procedure.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.