Georgia Boater Education Course


OVERLOADING OR OVERPOWERING

Either overloading or overpowering your boat is extremely dangerous.

Putting an over-sized engine on your boat will cause your boat to sit too low in the sternrear portion of a vessel., and that will make it much more susceptible to being swamped by its own wake or that of a passing boat. An overpowered boat is also hard to control.

What about overloading your boat? Overloading your boat, either with too many people or too many supplies, also makes your boat susceptible to swamping.

Even if you are within the maximum allowable weight, make sure that you distribute the load evenly, focusing the weight in the middle of the boat. This will keep your boat stable in the water and help prevent capsizing or swamping.

Finally, remember that in bad weather, you must be extra careful about how much weight you take in your boat. With higher waves, a heavy boat is harder to control and more susceptible to being swamped. Stay safe. Follow the guidelines for load capacity and always adjust for bad weather.

BEWARE OF BAD WEATHER! TAKE MUCH LIGHTER LOADS IN POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS TO ENSURE BOAT STABILITY.