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 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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