Either way I think the general publics acknowledgement of safety is a good thing
If it helps save someones life and you never know whos knowledge from work experience in another field may help contribute to the next great safety innovation
Open dialog is a good thing as long as its respectful
Just my opinion
Hans should be mandatory whenever helmets are required.
I recently crashed my car at 182 mph-guardrail hit, thankfully the hans did its job no neck injuries. There was fire in the car also I had no problem getting out with the added hardware.
I've been reading this post since the crash.....their are some good points and their are a lot of NO KNOWLEGE opinions.
1. Our canopy is multi-laminated, this design would not work with a roll bar.....the roll bar would make the canopy to rigid (like glass). It was made to flex.
2. The canopy flexed during the high speed impact and then eventually broke....the point is, it did take the initial impact,
THAT IS WHAT SAVED OUR LIVES.
Most people have no idea of the amount of pressure water has during a 115mph stuff
3. Could safety be improved? THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENT.
4. Will we learn from this accident? We'd be idiots not to build a better mouse trap here.
5. I was in the boat....DANNY and I LIVED, without to much injury......The boat and canopy did their job, for this type of accident.
END OF STORY
MikeyFIN...thanks for the backup
Took nikonmiami's pictures and made a gif of the accident, glad they are ok.
This link was posted on another thread here, think more than likely this shows how the Warpaint canopy might have failed. I doubt the Warpaint canopy it is designed to flex this much which lead to it's failure when it is impacted as it was in the stuff...this shows that the Warpaint canopy needs to be re-enforced. I don't intend to upset anyone here, and I am happy and relieved that the crew Bob and Danny were not seriously hurt but that might have been all down to luck. We really need to get serious about our safety.
With the design of your canopy, would a roll cage which was designed to "limit" the flexability of the canopy be feasable? In otherwords, There would be an airgap, or slamm crush structure, between the canopy, and the cage. After initial deformation of the canopy, the cage would then strategically support the canopy to reduce further deformation.
As you said, there is always room for improvement in safety. Just as these boats are safer than they were ten years ago, they will continue to become safer in the future.
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