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 In Search of the Unsinkable Boat

Sailnet.com brings us: In Search of the Unsinkable Boat. "Once the majority of lockers were converted to watertight compartments, I wondered if I had incidentally achieved positive buoyancy on a boat with a gross displacement around 9,700 pounds. By making estimates of the amounts of fiberglass, lead, anchors and chains, other metals, woods, foam deck core, tools and miscellaneous gear, and calculating their respective buoyancy factors (see table below), I came up with a figure of 86.5 cubic feet of watertight locker volume needed to float the boat with the decks awash."

 (Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 9, 2004 )
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