Carbon Monoxide Density Pattern Mapping from Recreational Boat Testing

Exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) gas can cause health risks for users of recreational boats and watercraft. Activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and wakesurfing primarily utilize gasoline engine-driven vessels which produce CO as a combustion by-product. Recent watersports trends show an increase in popularity of activities which take place closer to the stern of the boat (such as wakesurfing) as compared to traditional waterskiing and wakeboarding. Advancements in gas emissions treatment in marine engine exhaust system designs have reduced risks for CO exposure in some boats. This article presents results from on-water testing of three recreational boats, reports average and maximum values of CO levels under various conditions, and exhibits mapping of the density of CO relative to the stern of the test vessels.


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  • Accession Number: 01688550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: SAE International
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 09-06-02-0008
  • Files: TRIS, SAE
  • Created Date: Dec 3 2018 10:06AM