A life raft study was conducted from the CGC Evergreen in February 1978. Of the six life rafts tested, only one was seen capsizing. The Givens life raft suffered the most damage with both the canopy and ballast bag being destroyed. Leeway for life rafts with improved ballast systems was found to follow the equation U(life raft)=0.042 U(wind)+0.060. This type of life raft was noted to drift at a much slower rate when the canopy was not deployed. In over 80% of the cases the life rafts drifted within 45 degrees of the downwind direction. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    Oceanographic Unit
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Scobie, R W
    • Thompson, D L
  • Publication Date: 1979-4

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  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00307513
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CGOU-TR-79-1 Tech Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM