25 thoughts on “Yachting Monthly’s Crash Test Boat Capsize

  1. This was absolutely phenomenal (and a bit frightening) to watch. Bravo
    Yachting Monthly team!

  2. The Crash Test boat was a well-used 1982 Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40ft ketch which
    was bought for these tests by the philanthropic boss of Admiral Yacht
    Insurance, Robert Holbrook. After the dismasting, fire, ‘sinking’ and gas
    explosion tests she was donated to the International Boat Building Training
    College, in Suffolk, as a teaching aid for students on a practical small
    craft surveying course.

  3. A test like this is great. Thanks monthly team good insight makes decision
    making easy. Obviously none of us wants to experience a capsize or do a
    test real live as you did,

    It is my opinion that aboard a yacht everything should have its own
    dedicated place and everything should be locked/secured. Often that seems
    unpractical in daily use as I live aboard. I can tell you it is just a
    habit of putting things back were they belong and it keps us ready to sail

    This test proofs how important it is to secure your covers under cushioning.
    BTW They are easy to secure with some Velcro or a bin/hole connections.
    If that prevents tons of canned food or batteries etc. to fly through the
    air this small investment might save a life if you do capsize.

    It is my experience that even in a hefty storm things start to get there
    own life and forces in a cabin can be extremely high. Ones something has a
    speed, even when it is soft, it can actually hurt you and wound you. A
    simple candle could actually penetrate a wooden door.

    This test also shows how happy this keel boat is to turn back. I think that
    development should be more on that side and I hope you keep on doing more

    Walter SY Vage Kennis

  4. You state water came from vents, but was wondering if all seacocks were
    shut and if you are running a dry bilge.

  5. Guys, thank you for running this test It has certainly food for thought.
    If you don’t change your routines/disciplines after watching this, then you
    are foolhardy.

  6. When the boat was completely upside down, did it take pressure from the
    crane to upright? I didn’t think that would be possible, maybe I
    misunderstand what i think i’m seeing. And, not to underplay what would
    obviously be a crisis, “days to clean up” really illustrates your point
    about the 79 Fastnet. You -could- clean this up in days. The boat rolled to
    be sitting intact & high in the water. Great video, as always.

  7. Very interesting video. It seemed alot of water was coming from the high
    side as she rolled. Must have been trapped there from before. Great test
    though. P.S. is that boat going cheap now?!

  8. This is very interesting! I feel like buying latches and straps and adding
    them to my boat! Thank you for the test!

  9. Brilliant vid guys =) I love figuring out what’s going on down there when
    boats you see find their hulls in direct sunlight. Some of those boats you
    see getting slammed from the waves are just so strong. hope the boat
    recovered. =)

  10. I’ve always wondered, wouldn’t the drag caused by the sails in the water
    prevent the boat from going 180? And in the event it did go 180, wouldn’t
    the same drag be a factor against the boat’s re-rotating upward? Thank you.

  11. What about the batteries? I’ve been on boats where they have not been
    properly secured.

  12. Interesting. Add 1000 pounds of gear flying around, containers broken open,
    electrical systems in operation, diesel motor running, fuel, sewage, storm
    wave action etc..

  13. The straps that the crane was pulling wrapped around the boat and attached
    to the top deck of the boat so when it was upside down the crane kept
    pulling on the straps to flip the boat right-side up. In a real capsize the
    boat may stay keel-up for a while unless a wave helps flip it over.

  14. yes, from 2 sources: the main entry to the cabin from the cockpit, and from
    the air vents (which can be shutoff to prevent spray/rain from getting in,
    but don’t hold up to being submerged). I don’t know why they didn’t explain

  15. if you guys where paying attention… he said the water came from the air
    vents and the open hatch

  16. Some boats right themselves and some don’t. Some boats go all the way over,
    and some don’t. The trouble with boat designs is that it’s a perfect 2×2
    matrix: You can have a boat that’s dynamically stable but not ultimately
    stable — which is what you want b/c that means it doesn’t roll but doesn’t
    stay, but you can also have the *exact* *opposite*. The scary thing about
    the big Vendee Globe boats, for example, is that once they go over, they
    stay that way.

  17. Thank you so much fot this test. A real eye opening sight that brings you
    closer to reality and the need to plan seriously for risk avoidance on
    board. Better see it now before it happens to you unprepared.

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