Existing Small Boat Flotation standards and practices were studied. The goal was to obtain information/data needed to qualify a need for level flotation and define a candidate standard for level flotation requirements in a swamped boat. The report describes such a new standard and compares the elements of this standard to various other practices/recommendations in the United States and Europe. Two Appendices present the results of a literature search of flotation standards and flotation experiments. The experiments were made using a variety of small boats (up to 20 feet in length) with varying amounts of flotation material installed in the boats and the boats loaded with various loads of dead weights and persons. This report is addressed particularly toward defining 'Level Flotation' requirements and criteria, including cost esimtates for various amounts of flotation changes to a range of existing boats. A third addendum contains a limited literature search defining the need for level flotation and a subjective evaluation of various amounts of level flotation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wyle Laboratories

    7800 Governors Drive West
    Huntsville, AL  United States  35805

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Authors:
    • Sautklis, C
    • Bowman, J
    • Chadwick, T
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 203 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092381
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MSR-74-16, Phase 1 Final Rpt., USCG-D-112-75
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-40672-A
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1976 12:00AM