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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Boat Capacity Question

So i bought a new boat 16' stryker and it has a 3 person or 435lb limit so my question is if i take my sister her husband out with me on the boat is the boat commission going to make a big deal if they bring along my niece, she is only 3. As long as we all have a life jacket would it really be an issue?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 08:23 AM
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CAPACITY PLATES
The capacity plate provides important information about the
boat including maximum weight capacity, maximum horsepower,
maximum person capacity by number and maximum persons
capacity by weight. Individuals being towed behind a boat (e.g.
waterskiers, tubers, kneeboarders, wake surfers, parasailers,
etc.) are considered to be passengers of the vessel and must be
counted in regard to the boat’s maximum passenger capacity.
No boat shall be loaded beyond its safe carrying capacity. Observe and understand
your capacity plate.

The above statement was copied from the PFBC web site.

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number and weight so it says max number and by max weight so what no more then 3 ppl but what if the 3 ppl together weigh more the 435? which supersedes the other.

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My guess would be whichever one does not exceed the maximum.

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Yeah I read that to be no more than 3 people no matter what. It's kind of like 3 people or 435lbs whichever comes first. If you only have two people each weighing 200 lbs and 35lbs of gear, you would be at max. If it was you and 5 kids on the boat you still might be less than 435 lbs total but 6 people in a boat isn't going to fly.
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Like what Marcus said. There is no superseding. Whichever one you hit first that is where you stop. Those maximums are there as safety guidelines please dont go over them especially with kids involved.

Look at it another way. Say you truck has seats for 5. You put 5 adults and someone has a kid riding on their lap. You get pulled over by the state police. What do you expect to happen?
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My old boat said X#people and X HP limit, OR no more than combined weight total of people gear and motor. It would depend on how your boat's capacity plate reads. My guess would be that three adults would put it at or over the weight limit, even not counting gear, motor, etc. If you want an exact answer, weigh each adult, add their weights, then contact the PF&BC district office and ask their opinion on it.
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boat manufactures usually count each person as 140/150 lb range...not very realistic for today's male fisherman. Then there is tackle, fuel and equipment.
Capacity plate on my boat says 12 passengers yet the boat holds 225 gal of fuel, 50 gal of fresh water so at 7lbs a gal that equals 1975 lbs plus a couple hundred lbs of ice.
Not sure the marine police or CG will listen that I took 22 guys fishing but only have 10 gal of fuel

Capacity plates are to inform people without common sense guidelines. I am sure as long as the craft looks safe nobody is going to stop you. Just make sure you have a PFD for everyone and the appropriate size for each.
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