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  • Jay Price nasty roll over last weekend in Russia

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    I notice in Cambridge Maryland a few weeks back that many of the GNH boats had installed head braces at the top of seat similar to NASCAR seats. Now I see why

    The capsule might safe your life but you might still end up eating dinner through a straw if you break your neck from head rotation during a violent roll. How many guys are using the Hans in boat racing?

    I donít care what anyone says I still have tons of reservations about the whole capsule thing after the one I saw fall apart at Cambridge. Who governs these things? Can you just make your own and hope for the best?

    I have seen several up close that look like nothing more then a few layers of thin carbon fiber. Clearly the F1 teams are way ahead of the game but what really makes up a true certified capsule in the Pro division for example? Can I just make a mold and start laying up sheets of carbon fiber one over the next as they dry? Then call it a certified capsule?

    Clearly the clip above shows how a capsule will save your life my intertest is in the head restraints

    I know, get back on your blog Dan and stop causing trouble
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    In OPC all capsules have to certified by Ziggy before they are legal to race. Here is the form that manufacturers have to complete and return with a core sample for testing before the capsule can run in an OPC boat. http://www.apba-racing.com/Forms/200...ionRequest.pdf
    The OPC capsule rules are getting more strict each year.
    Mark N

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    • #3
      Originally posted by HRTV View Post
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      I notice in Cambridge Maryland a few weeks back that many of the GNH boats had installed head braces at the top of seat similar to NASCAR seats. Now I see why

      The capsule might safe your life but you might still end up eating dinner through a straw if you break your neck from head rotation during a violent roll. How many guys are using the Hans in boat racing?

      I donít care what anyone says I still have tons of reservations about the whole capsule thing after the one I saw fall apart at Cambridge. Who governs these things? Can you just make your own and hope for the best?

      I have seen several up close that look like nothing more then a few layers of thin carbon fiber. Clearly the F1 teams are way ahead of the game but what really makes up a true certified capsule in the Pro division for example? Can I just make a mold and start laying up sheets of carbon fiber one over the next as they dry? Then call it a certified capsule?

      Clearly the clip above shows how a capsule will save your life my intertest is in the head restraints

      I know, get back on your blog Dan and stop causing trouble
      Id call the lid popping open a problem as well & of course hope hes ok.
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      • #4
        I probably could have worded my post a little better, my main interest is in the area of head restraints and boat racing. How are they being used and implemented by teams today.
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        • #5
          Actually, one of main concerns OPC has been dealing with in capsule safety has been seat belt placement and head clearance issues. Both are related to the drivers head hitting the top of the capsule and causing spinal injuries during an accident. There has been some talk of making the capsules wider too.
          Mark N

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MN1 View Post
            Actually, one of main concerns OPC has been dealing with in capsule safety has been seat belt placement and head clearance issues. Both are related to the drivers head hitting the top of the capsule and causing spinal injuries during an accident. There has been some talk of making the capsules wider too.
            Mark N
            Hey Mark,

            That's another area that I have also witness where the drivers head is literally less then one inch away from the top of the capsule.
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            • #7
              Yep, one inch would not pass in OPC. Our rules require 2" but recommend 4" of head clearance. I would not doubt that 4" becomes the rule before long.
              Mark N

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              • #8
                Although a head restraint device is not mandatory, a lot of drivers are now wearing the Hans device in the bigger tunnel boat classes, myself included. I have not found it to be a hinderence at all.

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