Types of Boats That Are Likely To CapsizeSmall boats such as canoes, kayaks, and sailboats are more likely to capsize than heavy-bottomed boats. This is because the latter becomes unstable easily on the water since they have a weight limit. That doesn't mean larger boats cannot capsize at all. To know that any boat can go under, you only have to see how the HMHS Britannic sank. However, unlike a large boat that sinks quickly, a smaller capsizing boat usually remains afloat, so it provides survivors with a makeshift raft as they wait to be rescued. Kayaks and canoes can also be flipped right side up by a single person, and even a sailboat can be righted with several people. In other words, while small boats are more likely to sink than larger ones, you have higher chances of surviving the former than the latter.
Why Weight MattersWeight distribution and amount are responsible for capsizing boats more than anything else. Here are some ways how:
- Older boats gain weight over the years as they store more gear or as the hull absorbs water.
- Small boats can capsize easily even if you bring an extra person or a loaded cooler on board.
- Cockpit drains can flood if the boat is overloaded, which in turn can make it capsize.
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