unsinkable W32

  • June 12, 2021 11:02 AM
    Message # 10624027

    I just finished reading Roger Taylor's books about his boat Mingming II (not a Westsail), which he's done some impressive arctic sailing in. He mentions that Mingming II is packed with enough foam to make it unsinkable, and I immediately wondered how much foam would it take to make a W32 unsinkable?

    Back of napkin calculation: 20K lbs boat / 62 lbs per cubic foot of water = 322 cubic feet of foam, which I further calculate to be a cube approximately 7'x7'x7'.

    Anyone care to critique my calculation?

  • June 27, 2021 12:52 PM
    Reply # 10705399 on 10624027

    Nathan, you might be able to make the boat unsinkable, but it would not be usable, since it would probably float with the cabintop at sea level.