Boating Basics

Before going out on the water, take steps to make the outing safe and enjoyable.

Vessel Capacity

Always check the capacity plate, which is usually found near the operator’s position or on the vessel’s transom. This plate indicates the maximum weight capacity and/or the maximum number of people that the boat can carry safely in good weather.

  • You should not exceed either the stated maximum weight capacity or the maximum number of people. 
  • Maximum weight is the combined weight of passengers, gear, and motors.

PWC and some other vessels are not required to have a capacity plate. Follow the recommended capacity in the owner’s manual and on the manufacturer’s warning decal.

Vessel capacity plate
Capacity plate