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​Launch Capsizing of the Yacht Baaden

Executive Summary

​The newly built yacht Baaden was being launched stern first down the Fidalgo Marina boat ramp in Anacortes, Washington, with eight shipyard personnel on board when it capsized after entering the water at 2050 on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The yacht was salvaged but was declared a total constructive loss, estimated at $10 million. Three shipyard personnel who were trapped below decks for up to half an hour were treated for minor cuts and injuries at local hospitals. No pollution was reported.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the capsizing of the yacht Baaden during its initial launch was the vessel’s low margin of stability due to the combined effects of a recording error during the final vessel weigh, which resulted in an incorrect assessment of the vessel’s center of gravity, and an overestimation of the weight of installed ballast.

Accident Location: Anacortes , WA   Fidalgo Marina ramp
Accident Date: 5/18/2014
Accident ID: DCA14LM009

Date Adopted: 7/23/2015
NTSB Number: MAB1514
NTIS Number:  

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