Boat Capacities

New Year’s resolutions aside, there’s one more reason to consider hitting the gym and revising your diet. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the weight of the average American has sky-rocketed since 1960 — from 160 pounds to 185 pounds! This 15% increase decreases the number of people allowed on a boat at one time.

A European friend recently vacationed on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, which draws people from all over the world, including Americans. Upon his return, he asked me, “Why do Americans sit on the beach and eat and drink all day?” Insulting?  Maybe. But given the stats above, it’s probably at least a little bit accurate.

At the current time, the U.S. Coast Guard’s revision of average weights applies to commercial vessels only.

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