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|01-17-2009 08:05 PM|
A few years ago, there was a photo of a guy in a Macgregor 25 who had hit a floating hazard in New York harbor, and holed his boat. He was able to motor back into his point of origin, with about 12 inches of freeboard, due to the built in flotation.
The original version of the Pearson Ensign (3000 lb displacement) had no flotation, and several people were drowned when caught by bad weather while racing in San Francisco harbor. Subsequently, all Ensigns sold had foam flotation built in. Other similar sized boats having flotation (Air tanks or sealed compartments) include the Soling and the J-22. A friend left the flotation compartment on his Soling open, and had to hire a crane to retrieve his boat after it capsized and sank.
My first sailboat was a wooden 16 footer with a fixed keel and a 19 foot wooden mast. It was very easy to capsize and sank like a rock, but sat upright after sinking. I was careful not to sail in deep water so I could retrieve it if I capsized. Since then, I have stuck with boats having flotation.
|01-15-2009 03:31 AM|
|minhthn||Well I would think the foams are there for a good purpose. It will definitely help the boat sink slower if anything and you know when your boat is leaking a lot faster because the foam take up the space.|
|11-03-2008 04:11 PM|
Originally Posted by malcolmwill View Post
no puttputt motor like mine? (9 hp )
|11-03-2008 04:01 PM|
Thanks very much for the photos, Rick. These give me a good idea of what was there, and should be easy to duplicate.
A couple thoughts for this thread. First, I like the thought of positive flotation in case of two possible calamities, both of which could no doubt be avoided through proper diligence: 1) failure of hose on through-hull connector, for sink [illegal?] and cockpit drain, and 2) failure of repair to hull from where boat was blown off trailer by tornado [true!!]. I sail in two-hundred feet of fresh water, and if something ever did fail, I'd prefer to be able to stick with the boat. No dinghy or life raft, you know!
Second, calculating flotation is pretty straightforward, if not easy. Weigh the foam per cubic foot, subtract from 59.8 lbs, that's the amount of flotation you've got in fresh water (more in saltwater). Multiply by volume of foam. All the blocks are protected from light and weather, so no problem there. Gasoline inside my Venture? I think not! Sure, sealed air chambers would be neater, but we don't have them, so this is the way you hold enough air (or whatever is in the foam) to keep the boat afloat.
Thanks again for everyone's help with this.
|11-03-2008 02:02 PM|
Ok, one more. That's it.
Hope those help you (plus the others I already uploaded)
|11-03-2008 02:01 PM|
|N0NJY||Ok, here's some. A couple more to follow.|
|11-03-2008 01:49 PM|
Here's another little interesting thing. This boat (mine) was built in 1979. Apparently there were no "standards" then?
The manual says:
|11-03-2008 01:46 PM|
Originally Posted by artbyjody View Post
This is not a "regulation" - this is a "standard".
Inside on the part about flotation the manual says:
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.
|11-03-2008 01:36 PM|
Originally Posted by EdWarren View Post
Honestly, I question the veracity of whether this stuff could keep a 2000 pound item floating. I am sure that one of the of stuff could help ME float for awhile, but if you are no longer displacing the weight of the boat then the quantity of foam that I found in my Venture 25 sure it's going to keep it completely above water.
In fact, given that most of it is in the stern of the boat, I suspect that the weight of objects plus water, plus the non-air-filled cavities in the front and amidships (where there is zero foam by the way) would do much to keep the boat from making a nose-dive for the bottom.
Anyway, I have a hand full of pictures to post, but having some issues with them. Might have to resize them a bit. I can try to email them to the OP if he wishes? let me know
|11-03-2008 05:05 AM|
Originally Posted by EdWarren View Post
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.
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