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Bob Thompson

Sink or Float

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Curious about this for years. I run a Tracker deep V aluminun and wondering if it or similar deep V's will float or sink to the bottom if completely submerged. Engine will probably come into play at stern but I understand these boats have a considerable amount of foam for flotation. Has anybody experienced this firsthand. (I hope not) but would like your input.

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I have a T.V.17 and I just had to put a new floor into it last year. There is alot of foam under the floor and alot back near the livewell. I was surprised at the amount of floatation in there!

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Here is how it works. Outboard boats have to float level in the water with the plug out, and with the rated weight capacity evenly distributed in the boat.
Level means within a certain degree range of level. (such as 10 deg. or so)
This only applies to OB hulls up to 20 ft.

Outboard hulls over 20 ft. and any size inboard hulls can sink to the bottom like a rock and be fully Coast Guard approved. grin.gif

[This message has been edited by kwkfsh (edited 11-29-2003).]

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