Utah Boating Safety Course

Chapter 1 Review Continued



As mentioned there are a few different types of engines which may be used to propel a powered vessel.

OUTBOARD ENGINE which is mounted on the transomthe cross section of the stern. of the boat is perhaps the most common type of engine.


INBOARD ENGINE which is mounted inside the hull.


STERNDRIVE ENGINE, also known as Inboard/Outboard, are mounted inside the boat through the transom.


An over-powered boat can be extremely dangerous. An over-powered boat may cause the stern to sit lower in the water, making the vessel susceptible to being swamped by its own wake or that of a passing boat.


After going through Chapter 1, you should also be aware that boats only have the capacity to carry a specified amount of weight and a certain size of motor. In accordance with Federal law, all boats less than 20 feet in length MUST have a Capacity Plate mounted in the steering or helm area of the vessel.

The Capacity Plate which indicates the "recommended safe limits for weight and engine power" may NEVER be exceeded.



All vessels manufactured since 1972 are marked with a Hull Identification Number (HIN) used to properly identify the boat. The Hull Identification Number is located at the stern on the starboard side of the vessel.

The HIN indicates:

  • The manufacturer
  • The vessel serial number
  • The month and year of production; and
  • The model year