Boat weight capacity plate

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Hey everyone,
I’m re working a old pontoon boat and the weight capacity plate is sun bleached to the point that it’s not readable.
Also what to mount the controls where the plate is currently..

My question is
1. If the original plate is worn out is it a requirement to replace it?
2. How does one go about getting a new one?
3. Who makes the decision about the weight capacity on the new plate if the old one isn’t readable?
Thanks everyone!
 

mike_i

Petty Officer 1st Class
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Jun 28, 2017
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What's the LOA of your boat? I believe if it's over 20' you don't need one.
Hey everyone,
I’m re working a old pontoon boat and the weight capacity plate is sun bleached to the point that it’s not readable.
Also what to mount the controls where the plate is currently..

My question is
1. If the original plate is worn out is it a requirement to replace it?
2. How does one go about getting a new one?
3. Who makes the decision about the weight capacity on the new plate if the old one isn’t readable?
Thanks everyone!
 

mike_i

Petty Officer 1st Class
Joined
Jun 28, 2017
Messages
356
Technically you need one. Is the manufacturer of your boat still around? If you can at least read the spec's maybe you can find a company that make metal placards. It depends on your situation I wouldn't even worry about it.

It’s 18ft. It’s a 1997 Grumman 18FNF
 

PITBoat

Petty Officer 1st Class
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Jul 26, 2018
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Mine is completely missing, or I haven't found it. I'm just gonna hope for forgiveness if I ever get stopped and they do that thorough of a check. I haven't had a need to wonder if I'm nearing the limit as I usually have extra seats. Always if you count the bow. PO said he had 9 people on it once.

A pontoon may be a little more sensitive to overloading, or maybe just distribution of weight side to side - IDK for sure.
 

Jermy-Jinky

Cadet
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Apr 30, 2021
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I wouldn't go by seat count...my boat has enough seats for 9-10 people, but the plate clearly states it has a 5 person capacity. Also, don't go by person count, you should always go by the weight capacity (don't forget to include the weight of any extra items you bring on board). I've seen a lot of people way overload their boats by doing just that. Don't forget, fully loaded coolers weigh quit a bit.
 

PITBoat

Petty Officer 1st Class
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Number of seats and weight... Yeah, I didn't mean to imply that having empty ones is the sole determiner of whether you're too heavy or not - but that's exactly what I did, heh.

I know there are airplanes with seats that you can't fill, if you're talking about all adults, full fuel and so forth. I'm over 200, and I KNOW I wouldn't want the seats filled with multiples of that. And I can't imagine having nine people on there, even kids. I'd rather stay home than do that, weight limit or not, lol.

PO gave me that rule of thumb estimation method but I'd forgotten all about it, until I saw the boat exam post. Good info.
 
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