Will have to add 4 small wheels and then you can classify it properly for what they really are.
All Terrain Vehicle
No longer mislabeled a boat, problem solved.
This is going to really change design and handicap the industry!
Basic Flotation: A flotation system which will keep a swamped boat from sinking when its passengers are in the water clinging to it, provided that the aggregate weight of the motor, passengers and equipment carried in or attached to the boat does not exceed the boat’s maximum weight capacity. With Basic Flotation, the swamped boat may float at any attitude.
For now, assume I need to provide 2,400 lbs of flotation so my grass rake will stick towards the sky in the middle of Lake O'. Out of all the options on how I might want the boat to float, nose to the sky makes the most sense as it makes it easy to attach a tow line to raise and refloat.
Flotation is a little more than the bow out of the water. There are 4 different tests the hull has to pass for flotation.
Some major builders dont even pass them all the time. Fairly intense testing
The flotation regulations apply to monohull boats less than 20 feet in length, except sailboats, canoes, kayaks, inflatable boats, submersibles, surface effect vessels, amphibious vessels, and race boats. The word “regulations” (plural) is used as there are three flotation subparts applicable to three classifications of boats. Following is a summary of the applicability by boat type and subpart.
Subpart Boat Type Flotation Required
F Inboards, sterndrives, and Air Boats BASIC FLOTATION
G Outboard Boats Rated for More Than 2 Horsepower LEVEL FLOTATION
H Outboard Boats Rated for 2 Horsepower or Less and Manually Propelled Boats MODIFIED LEVEL FLOTATION
Monohull inboard, sterndrives and airboats less than 20 feet in length must comply with a flotation system called Basic Flotation. Basic flotation is the simplest type of flotation mode. It simply requires that the boat be manufactured with sufficient flotation material to keep it afloat in the event of a swamping. It does not require that the boat remain in an upright or in any specific position. It may float, and usually does, in a “spar” position, the bow sticking up and the stern sunk. Many sterndrive boat builders opt to provide flotation material to meet a higher standard.
Now I understand, thanks for clarifying. I completely understand the implications of the Level Flotation requirement on a top heavy airboat. Would hate to have to make the cage out of foam!You are missing the point and are quoting the old regulation that is going away In 2024.