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Below are examples of ABYC's Technical Information Reports. Expand each box to reveal more information and click "Current Version" to read the full document.

TH-22 Educational Information About Carbon Monoxide

BACKGROUND:
This technical information report provides educational material about carbon monoxide relative to boats and boating.

Carbon monoxide can accumulate in interior spaces and exterior areas. Carbon monoxide accumulation is affected by a multitude of variables (e.g., boat geometry, hatch, window and door openings, ventilation openings, proximity to other structures, swim platforms, canvas enclosures, location of exhaust outlets, vessel attitude, wind direction, boat speed, boat system performance and maintenance, etc.)

This technical information report discusses many of these variables and enables the reader to better understand some of the more predictable effects. However, this report is limited in that it cannot cover all conceivable variables, and the reader is cautioned not to rely exclusively on it to prevent the accumulation of carbon monoxide.

INTENT:
The information in this technical information report concerns all boats.

Current Version: (2012)
Archive Standards: (2008) (2002) (2000) (1992)

TH-23 Design, Construction, and Testing of Boats in Consideration of Carbon Monoxide

BACKGROUND:
This technical information report is intended as a guide for design, construction, and testing criteria to identify and minimize the presence of carbon monoxide (CO) on boats.

Boat builders following these guidelines will generally be testing new boats, equipped with new exhaust systems and new engines. The boat builder is testing the boat at a given altitude and a specific set of atmospheric conditions. The results of these tests may not be repeatable under different conditions. It is not practical to test each of the infinite number of factors that will affect the accumulation and dispersion of CO. Testing experience will help in selecting factors to quickly identify the common and more probable CO issues.

Carbon monoxide accumulation is affected by a multitude of variables (e.g. vessel geometry, hatch, window, and door openings, ventilation openings, proximity to other structures, swim platforms, canvas enclosures, location of the exhaust outlets, vessel attitude, wind direction, vessel speed, altitude, atmospheric conditions, etc.)

As CO can accumulate in exterior as well as interior areas, consideration should be given to the design and testing of locations on the boat where occupant activity is reasonably foreseeable.

This technical information report attempts to discuss many of these variables and enables the reader to better understand some of the more predictable effects. However, this report is limited in that it cannot cover all conceivable variables, and the reader is cautioned not to rely exclusively on it to prevent the accumulation of carbon monoxide.

INTENT:
This technical information report contains information applicable to boats using gasoline fueled engines for propulsion or auxiliary equipment.

Current Version: (2012)
Archive Standards: (2004) (2000) (1996) (1994)

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