Originally Posted by cg354733
Firstly, I work
reconstruction so the possibility of EDR data in boats/personal watercrafts is of great interest to me. Seeing as boating
accidents occur quite a bit in Florida
, I'm looking for ways to interpret and analyze any data that I can find.
Secondly, I would think the owner may not have a desire for one, but why aren't the manufacturers or insurance
companies (or even maritime orgs) looking into this data retrieval for safety
, etc.?? This is how airbags/EDRs came to be in vehicles, after all.
Another reason may be for insurance
defense in case of an accident
you are able to clearly show "I gave way, here is the steering
input" or "I was not going as fast as they claim". I guess you don't know you need it until it's too late.
Thanks for a reasonable reply. Upon consideration I can see that from your professional point of view the data would be interesting. However, it seems more applicable to motor
vessels than to our pretty slow cruising sailboats. Our type of boats are seldom involved in collisions which result in severe damage or injury... hardly the case for automobiles with their need for airbags!
I for one would hate to see such instrumentation become a requirement for our boats. In an environment
where electrical/electronic devices are often requiring maintenance
or replacement adding these sensors and cabling and data recorders might be a challenge... and if a legal
requirement, annual inspections or such would not be far behind. Goes against my view of what cruising is about!
Again, I think I understand your interest and wish you success in instrumenting your own vessel(s) and gathering the data you want.