Unsafe Loading or Riding
Overloading is loading the vessel beyond its allowable capacity for number of persons. To determine the total number of passengers allowed, either:
- Look at the capacity plate installed by the vessel’s manufacturer or…
- Multiply the vessel’s length times its width and divide that result by 15.
Riding on the Bow, Deck, or Gunwales is allowing passengers to ride where there may be a chance of falling overboard. Specifically, the following practices are unlawful when a vessel is underway:
- Sitting or riding on the bow or gunwales, unless the vessel has adequate guard rails. However, a person may sit or ride in these areas temporarily when casting off, when mooring, or when otherwise necessary.
- Sitting on a seat back.
- Allowing a person’s legs to hang overboard.