Boating Accident Investigations 1972; Part II--capsizing and Swamping

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Defense Technical Information Center, 1973 - Boating accidents - 231 pages
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The report describes an investigation of capsizing and swamping accidents of pleasure boats under 20 feet in length during the 1972 season. The study, which was confined to accidents occurring within the continental United States, was aimed at: (1) identifying general boat design problems involved in such accidents, (2) determining if the problems exist despite compliance with existing Standards or because of a lack of compliance, (3) determining possible areas not adequately covered by present Standards, and (4) helping to develop investigation and analysis methodologies for continuation of the program. The report describes the field investigation methodology and test procedures as well as a supplementary computer program used in place of extensive water testing. For each accident, estimates are made and tabulated of the contributions of various causative factors. On the basis of the limited data obtained, recommendations are made as to areas which may require consideration and further study with respect to safety standards. (Author).

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