Abstract Title

Designing Inflatable Pontoons as Boat Stabilizers for Dock Safety

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Authors' Class Standing

Grace McSween (Freshman), Skyler Singleton (Freshman), Katelyn Wentworth (Freshman), Katherine McBrayer (Freshman), Paul A. Galarnyk (Freshman)

Lead Presenter's Name

Grace McSween

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. James Pembridge

Abstract

Rowers with physical disabilities, adaptive rowers, often use pontoons to help stabilize their boats on the water, however additional problems have been recognized with entering and exiting the boat. The problem of this project is to research and design a device or system of devices to increase stability at the dock while adaptive rowers are getting in and out of the boat. This project addresses how the docking process can be made more efficient and safe through boat stabilization. It further explores how well inflatable pontoons stabilize the boat at the dock in addition to the water. Using a design process, a system was developed where an inflatable pontoon is partially deflated at the dock to provide resistance to the dock, thereby decreasing boat movement. This device helps adaptive rowers’ autonomy at the dock by eliminating the need for assistive personnel to keep their boats steady.

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Designing Inflatable Pontoons as Boat Stabilizers for Dock Safety

Rowers with physical disabilities, adaptive rowers, often use pontoons to help stabilize their boats on the water, however additional problems have been recognized with entering and exiting the boat. The problem of this project is to research and design a device or system of devices to increase stability at the dock while adaptive rowers are getting in and out of the boat. This project addresses how the docking process can be made more efficient and safe through boat stabilization. It further explores how well inflatable pontoons stabilize the boat at the dock in addition to the water. Using a design process, a system was developed where an inflatable pontoon is partially deflated at the dock to provide resistance to the dock, thereby decreasing boat movement. This device helps adaptive rowers’ autonomy at the dock by eliminating the need for assistive personnel to keep their boats steady.