United States Coast Guard Safe Loading Design Guideline.
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The safe loading standard applies to all general purpose boats less than 20 feet in length, the hull of which is begun after 31 October 1972, except sailboats, inflatables, canoes, and kayaks. For the purpose of the above, the term conventional general-purpose boats includes mono-hull displacement or planing boats designed or intended to be propelled or controlled by oars, paddles, poles, mechanically driven water jets or submerged propellers, and capable of transporting at least one person clear of surface water. The designer or builder of a boat may choose to determine compliance with the Safe Loading Standard by performing specific tests set forth in the USCG Safe Loading Test Procedure, reference number 33 CRF 183 subpart C. He may choose to estimate compliance with the standard analytically to a reasonable degree of accuracy by following the guidelines, calculations, performance charts and tables contained herein. This document presents a means of calculating the safe load capacity for a boat at the design stage. The methodology is designed for use by persons not having formal training in the field of naval architecture. Detailed diagrams, tables, and calculation sheets are provided and, an example problem is worked out for each step of the calculation. Author
- Marine Engineering