From the report:
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the
capsizing of the yacht Baaden during its initial launch was the vesselís 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 vesselís center of gravity, and an
overestimation of the weight of installed ballast.
It surprises me that the PC statement does not mention the dolly going off the side of the ramp
since that seems to be the first link in the accident
. This makes me wonder if they think the boat was so unstable that it was not going to stay upright even if the ramp
mishap had not occurred? From the graph, it does seems like a slight wind
gust could have knocked the boat down with the as launched ballast.
We were in Anacortes when the accident
happened. We were eating dinner with a group of people, one of whom was late because he was watching the launch. He showed up and said the launch was delayed but he was going back to watch them finish. After dinner he went back to the launch and we walked back to our hotel
which was a couple blocks from the marina. I think we were walking by when the boat capsized. We did not know about the accident until we got home since the next day we were traveling. Thankfully no one died but it was still a horrible accident given the lost
dream and so many people put out of work.