Crash Test Boat Capsize
We have been working with the team from Yachting Monthly magazine on a new series called "Crash Test Boat". Over the next few months we'll be inflicting plenty of damage to an average 40ft cruising yacht to see what happens and what we can do as sailors to help mitigate any disasters.
In the first of these scenarios we capsized our Crash Test Boat at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton. With the expert advice of Round the World sailor Mike Golding, strops were attached to the boat and a crane turned the boat over by lifting the strops.
The footage shows how dangerous it can become when all of the everyday debris is flying around you. Of course there was plenty of water flooding into the boat, but it becomes apparent that most people would be lucky to come away without some kind of injury.
We did the test twice, once with lockers, tables and floorboards fixed down and once with the boat in "regular sailing" conditions. The difference was quite remarkable and the footage shows emphatically that the risks of injury are greatly reduced when everything can be fixed down.
Footage like this has never been seen before and we'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts.
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