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Amendment Proposal: Change to Wood Boat Seat Floatation - YOUR COMMENTS NEEDED

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:00 AM by Thistle Class   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 6:51 PM ]
SEE THE BELOW AMENDMENT PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY FLEET #53.  PLEASE REVIEW THE PROPOSAL AND SUBMIT COMMENTS USING THE LINK BELOW.  THANK YOU.

Amendment Proposal by Fleet #53:

Change Chief Measurer’s Ruling #7 to read:

7. Buoyancy Tanks – Required. For wood hulls, these may be of wood construction or buoyant material such as Styrofoam. Supplemental flotation of any type may be placed under the seats, but seats may not be widened nor the buoyancy extended beyond the vertical plane of the inside edge of the seats. Flotation may extend beyond the vertical plane of the inside edge of the seats, but no greater than 1’4” from the inside hull skin measured perpendicular to the center line. Seats may not be widened. For wood and glass hulls, bow flotation may not extend aft of the forward edge of …….”

CURRENT RULING #7

7. Buoyancy Tanks - Required. These may be of wood construction or buoyant material such as Styrofoam. Supplemental flotation of any type may be placed under the seats, but seats may not be widened nor the buoyancy extended beyond the vertical plane of the inside edge of the seats. Bow flotation may not extend aft of the forward edge of the mast stanchion. Flotation forward of the gratings must be at least 14” below the sheer and spray must drain into the bilge. Stern flotation may not extend forward of the grating. If a block of unicellular foam such as Styrofoam is used for buoyancy tanks, artificial hollowing or cored shapes may not be used.

 Reasoning for this change:

Safety. At present, wood boats are not able to have as much flotation in the seat area as glass boats. Because of this, when wood boats are capsized they have less buoyant force and sit much lower in the water (~ 9-12”). When they are righted, they scoop up much more water and sit much lower (~6-9”) with much less freeboard above the water. This makes it very difficult to self-rescue esp. in wavy waters. Wood boat owners are not looking for an advantage over glass boats. The 1”4” dimension from the inside skin for their seat tanks is what glass hulls are allowed presently in the Plans and Specifications.  We just wish to be able to self-rescue on a par with glass boats.

Sincerely,

Christopher Klotz, Fleet # 53 Captain  



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