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Addressing the elusive issue of comfort onboard

AuthorsEnrico Della Valentina
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 124
Date15 Aug 2018
Reading time6 minutes

In a world that brings pretty much anything to you at the press of an app, we are often asked why it is so difficult to assess comfort onboard a yacht.

That the assessment of comfort onboard is not an easy task is also shown by the fact that there is no industry standard as yet. This problem has already been identified by the International Organization for Standardization and a new working group (ISO (TC8/SC12/WG 5 AWI 22834) led by MARIN is aiming to develop a comfort standard for yachts in the next three years.

On a parallel track, MARIN has initiated the dedicated Joint Industry Project “Comfort”, which will develop tools, and obtain and analyse data related to comfort levels. This JIP aims to obtain comfort criteria that not only give a numerical value but also include the human interpretation of this comfort level.


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Enrico Della Valentina

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Comparison of Cruise Comfort Index for five vessels of different size sailing exactly along the same route at the same time, at the same speed. The higher the CCI the better.
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