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I just finished my first quick read-through of the Leviathan accident report from TSB. Initially I’m totally disappointed. Usually I’m impressed by these reports but I know there is at least one lawsuit underway and this report leaves out (In my mind) some critical information.

While the report states that an inclining was done and stability booklet prepared in 1996 after modifications for whale-watching, they include zero specific stability data. Okay, the boat complied with the stability requirements in various load cases. However, TSB says nothing about what the actual load condition was when the capsize occurred. Nor do they say how reality relates to the load conditions covered in the stability booklet. That is critical information that those of us preparing these booklets could learn from.

TSB Report on Leviathan II Capsize

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