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Merchant Shipping (Safety and Load Line Conventions) Act 1932

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Carrying Capacity of Boats

1. The number of persons which a boat of one of the standard types can accommodate is equal to the greatest whole number obtained by dividing the capacity in cubic metres (or cubic feet), or the surface in square metres (or square feet), of the boat by the standard unit of capacity, or unit of surface (according to circumstances), denned below for each type. 2. The standard units of capacity and surface for determining the number of persons are as follows:—

Unit of Capacity.Cubic Metres.Equivalent in Cubic Feet.
Open boats, Class I (a)0.28310
Open boats, Class I (b)0.2559
Unit of Surface.Square Metres.Equivalent in Square Feet.
Class II0.3253 ½

3. The Administration may accept, in place of 0.325 or 3 ½ , as the case may be, a smaller divisor, if it is satisfied after trial that the number of persons for whom there is seating accommodation in the decked boat in question is greater than the number obtained by applying the above divisor, provided always that the divisor adopted in place of 0.325 or 3 ½ , as the case may be, may never be less than 0.280 or 3, as the case may be. The Administration which accepts a lower divisor in this way shall communicate to the other Administrations particulars of the trial and drawings of the decked boat in question. Regulation XXXIV

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