Capsize

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Capsize

A capsized vessel is one which has rolled over and become inverted. Capsized vessels are at risk of sinking, as downflooding points will be submerged. For vessels which are inheritantly buoyant (i.e., many kayaks), are suitably waterproof at inverted angles (i.e., small sailboats), or which are sufficiently unstable that they will return upright before progressive downflooding sinks the vessel, may not sink. The process of returning such a vessel to a regular attitude is known as righting.

  • Capsize is either caused by a heeling moment exceeding the vessels righting arm, or a asymmetrical loss of buoyancy.
  • Capsize may be intentional, such as eskimo rolls
  • Entrained air may provide enough buoyancy to keep the vessel from sinking. The low-lying hull, often painted with mute-toned anti-fouling, can be difficult to see and present a significant navigational risk.
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