Need Advice with Houseboat Construction

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by SNGPSo, Feb 4, 2021.

  1. TANSL
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    TANSL Senior Member

    Among the many calculations that must be made, among those corresponding to stability, with and without damage, there are some that seek to ensure that the deck never goes under water, not even when the boat is heeling. In addition, there are specific regulations that require that, with the boat balanced and stable, the freeboard has a minimum value. All of that means setting up an extra buoyancy, or an added buoyancy, whatever you want to call it. I call it giving the boat a minimum freeboard or compartmentalizing the hull so that the margin line can never be submerged, even when one or more compartments have been flooded. No designer, least of all in a houseboat, should ignore these calculations.
    I think these discussions, which are of course friendly, can help the OP to know or remember what to keep in mind. If, for whatever reason, he could not calculate them, surely there are people here who can give him a hand.
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