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Watertight Subdivision in Sailing Yachts, BARRY, 2005

Watertight subdivision is a common technique for increasing safety in commercial and military ships, but is virtually unknown for yachts, especially sailing yachts. Several reasons for this are commonly given, the two most important of which are that watertight bulkheads would be cumbersome and divide the interior excessively, and that the calculations are difficult. However, the proportions of most sailing yachts are such that watertight subdivision is relatively easily accomplished with few bulkheads, and a simple method for determining the weight and center of gravity limits for a given bulkhead scheme is presented. Thus, watertight subdivision is shown to be feasible and should be considered for sailing yachts where the risk of loss by sinking is significant.

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