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Ferries can handle the heavier people

April 28th, 2011 by ed friedrich

People are a lot heavier than they were a generation ago, so boats will have to start carrying fewer people.

The Coast Guard, using figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, figures that the typical passenger now weighs in, with clothing, at 185 pounds. In the 1960s, the last time the Coast Guard increased its average passenger weight, they weighed 25 pounds less. So on Dec. 1, the rule to determine how many passengers ferries and charter boats can carry will be changed to 185 pounds.

Washington State Ferries won’t have to reduce the number of people its boats carry, however. They have deadweight capacity (cargo and
other measures) for full passenger complements at the revised average weight and then some, said George Capacci, WSF’s Deputy Chief of Operations and Construction. It relates to the number of personal floating devices, lifesaving systems and evacuation crowd control, Capacci said.

One Response to “Ferries can handle the heavier people”

  1. David Boyd Says:

    “In the 1960s, the last time the Coast Guard increased its average passenger weight, they weighed 25 pounds less.”

    Average passenger weight? I was just a kid in 1960, but even then I weighed more than 25 pounds, especially with clothes.