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    Coast Guard Plans for Fatter Riders

    ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11:  Members of a U.S. Coast Guard honor guard march to their positions at the Tomb of the Unknowns during a Veterans Day full honor ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. President Barack Obama delivered remarks at the cemetery amphitheater after laying a wreath at the tomb.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    The Coast Guard officially recognized that people are heavier than they used to be, raising the assumed average weight of passengers to 185 pounds, rather than the 160 pounds it’s been for the last 50 years. Many big boats, such as ferries in Washington State and Georgia, have responded to the rules by lowering their vessel’s capacity. But other boat owners have decided to undergo new stability tests to show they can handle heftier passengers without lowering their capacity or risking safety.

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