A group of fishermans participants

Recreational boating

Design – boat hull, structure, gear

  • general – hull – mono, multi. structure, materials – wood, steel, fiberglass, composite. anchors, navigation
  • safety – personal floatation devices (life jackets)
  • emergency – life raft, flares
  • sailing – keel, rudder, rigging – mast, boom, sails, spinnaker
  • power – outboard, inboard
  • fishing
  • sport fishing – tuna tower
  • yacht racing
  • in-land, lake
  • coastal
  • off-shore – water maker, desalination

Organizations, training

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Sea Scouts
  • community youth sailing programs

What’s the problem?
Carbon monoxide (CO) can harm and even kill you inside or outside your boat. Every boater should be aware of the risks associated with carbon monoxide – what it is; where it may accumulate; and the symptoms of CO poisoning

  • Ask – Carbon monoxide can accumulate anywhere in or around your boat. How does this happen? How can engineering help explain suitable precautions to avoid CO poisoning?
  • Imagine – Some of the places where CO can build up include: Inadequately ventilated canvas enclosures. Exhaust gas trapped in enclosed places. Blocked exhaust outlets. Another vessel’s exhaust. CO from the boat docked next to you can be just as deadly. “Station wagon effect” or back drafting.
  • Design, Build – Understanding the nature of CO and the movement of gases, many boats have blowers and ventilation, and CO sensors to reduce the possibility of CO poisoning.
  • Improve – At slow speeds, while idling, or stopped. Be aware that CO can remain in or around your boat at dangerous levels even if your engine or the other boat’s engine is no longer running!

Engineering ideas
Do It
Challenges for you to work on…

  • Boating games – try these boating games. Some required skills associated with boating.