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I developed an E-course in Capacity and Flotation for Boat Builders, for Professional Boat Builder Magazine. They no longer offer it.  In addition to these web pages  I am offering it as an e-book. Go to Ike's Store to see more
I also have a perfect companion to the Capacity and Flotation Course.  It is an excel spreadsheet that does the calculations to determine the amount of Flotation needed. Easy to use. Go to Ike's Store to see more


Flotation regulations for recreational boats.

First a note about the reasons behind theflotation regulations. Why is all this stuff necessary?

The following video covers the capacity aand flotation regulations, and testing.

Watch a slide show Presentation on Flotation. After watching the slide show close the page and pick from the following list.

An article in Boating Magazine July 22, 2014;  Sinking Boast For Safety

Select from the following list:

Level Flotation : Mono-hulled boats under 20 feet in length, with outboards greater than 2 HP.

Modified Level Flotation : Mono-hulled boats under 20 feet in length, with 2 HP or less, or manually propelled.

Basic Flotation : Mono-hull inboard motorboats under 20 feet in length.

Flotation Testing


Back to Safe Loading Next to Level Flotation

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