Two points are used to characterize the stability curve:
At the static overturning angle , the maximum point of the stability curve, the vehicle would overturn if the moment acting there were angle-independent. However, this is rare, as in most cases it is caused by the wind pressure on the sails and this decreases with the heel.
A counter-example, in which the vehicle capsizes when it reaches the static capsizing angle (or even sooner), would be a floating crane with a lifted load, because here, due to the longer effective lever arm, the acting moment increases with the heel.
At the dynamic overturning angle , the following zero point, the vehicle would overturn without an external moment. One imagines that this angle was reached dynamically, for example by a crusher , hence the name. For small boats and dinghies this angle is typically around 90 °, for yachts with ballast keel it is 120 ° to 150 °.
The stability curve changes sensitive to water ingress or liquid, pourable or shifting loads, see list .