Be aware of the small-vessel regulations pertaining to engine power and load capacitymaximum allowable weight or number of persons allowed onboard a vessel as determined by the manufacturer and displayed on the capacity plate.. Federal law mandates that power boats of less than 20 feet in length must have a capacity plate in the steering or helm area. As a boat owner or operator, you should know the recommended gross load capacity that can be safely carried in the hull concerned:
It is indicated on a capacity plateindicates the maximum allowable weight of persons, equipment, stores, fuel, engine assembly, and steering controls as well as the recommended safe limits of engine power. , which, when fitted, is permanently attached to the vesselany type of watercraft, including non-displacement craft and seaplanes used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water..
It is indicated with the "equivalent number of adult persons."
It includes the total weight of persons, equipment, stores, fuel, engine assembly, and steering controls.
The manufacturer's load capacity of a personal watercraft (PWC) varies depending on the size of the PWC. Consult the owner's manual to determine the load capacity. Do not exceed the manufacturer's recommended load capacities.
For other vessels that are not required to have a capacity plate, use the following rule to calculate the number of persons that the vessel can carry safely.
Number of people = vessel length (ft.) x vessel width (ft.) ÷ 15
THE CAPACITY PLATE ALSO INDICATES
THE "RECOMMENDED SAFE LIMITS OF
ENGINE POWER" FOR THE HULL
CONCERNED. IT MAY NEVER BE EXCEEDED. THIS CALCULATION
IS BASED ON THE RECOMMENDED
GROSS LOAD CAPACITY FOR
OUTBOARD POWERED BOATS ONLY.