Coast Guard Ups Average Passenger Weight

The Coast Guard puts out a number that's important for companies running ferry boats and charters. Since the 1960s, it's been assumed the average person weighs 160 pounds. In keeping with America's changing waistlines, the Coast Guard has raised the average weight, the Los Angeles Times reported. Boat operators must now assume people weigh 185 pounds.

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The U.S. Coast Guard puts out a number that is important for companies running ferry boats and charters. For safety reasons, the operators are supposed to estimate the weight of the people on board. You don't want to overload the boat. Since the 1960s, the Coast Guard has told boat operators to assume that the average person weighs 160 pounds.

Now, in keeping with America's changing waistlines, the Coast Guard has raised the average weight. Boat operators must now assume that people weigh 185 pounds, which means that some boat companies will have to carry fewer people.

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