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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Oregon
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    185 Sport, Wakeboard package
    Engine(s)
    4.3L
    Posts
    7

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    I know that the gov't just readjusted the average persons weight from 150 to 185 just a week or so ago (saw it on the news). So us Americans are getting fatter but it will play on future ratings I am sure. I agree that pushing it is not in your best interest and they will ticket you if you exceed the count regardless of their weight. The logic behind that part is the weight can shift more easily with more people even if you are under the max weight. You need to go bigger I think.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Williamsport, PA
    Boat
    Sea Ray & Glastron Carlson
    Details
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    Engine(s)
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    Posts
    1,789

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    6 adults on my 270/290 is all I want and I'm the heaviest at 210/6'2". Average weight is 160 probably. Three couples or two couples with children works fine. With no capacity plate it's my call and I know the performance limits of my boat. I keep 10 life jackets on board and 4 are for children, Mike.
    Last edited by CV-23; 12-20-2011 at 11:00 AM.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1988 390 EC
    Engine(s)
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Posts
    2,228

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    39' x 14' / 15 = 36.4 passengers for my boat.

    1988 390 Sea Ray EC
    Twin 7.4 l. Gassers
    6.5 KW Onan Gen.
    1,000 Islands
    Rockport, Ontario, Canada

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Williamsport, PA
    Boat
    Sea Ray & Glastron Carlson
    Details
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    Engine(s)
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    Posts
    1,789

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by electricaldoctor View Post
    39' x 14' / 15 = 36.4 passengers for my boat.

    Looks like U.S. Govt. Accounting to me!....Mike.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1988 390 EC
    Engine(s)
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Posts
    2,228

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    39' x 14' / 15 = 36.4 passengers @ $20.00 each for a 2 hour boat ride ... I can get rich in a hurry!!! Mind you, I would have to lay out some extra boat bucks for a few extra PFD's.

    1988 390 Sea Ray EC
    Twin 7.4 l. Gassers
    6.5 KW Onan Gen.
    1,000 Islands
    Rockport, Ontario, Canada

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    '08 205 Sport
    Engine(s)
    Merc 5.0L TKS 220HP; Alpha One
    Posts
    139

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    Wouldn't a more practical approach be, don't exceed the number of true seats (that actually are seats, not the v-berths or other bunk-type spaces, and skipping any bowrider "seats") available top-side, with a possible exception of a dining table area for the larger craft?

    On my 180, this would be 5, which seems right.

    Any thoughts?

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Puget Sound Wa
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1999 Sundancer 270DA SE Foss Landing & Marina Tacoma,WA
    Engine(s)
    5.7L w/ Bravo II
    Posts
    857

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    I had this explained to me when I had a voluntary USCG safety inspection done last June where they go over your complete boat from bilge to anchor compartment and place a USCG Safety Approved sticker in your port side window this lets local or USCG patrols know at least you've complied with all the regs ( might not board you over someone without one ) . His explanation was to forget about the total people allowed it is the total weight brought on board including all accessories you've added IE barbecue, dingy example 1000lbs or 6 people capacity would be 1000 - 400lbs of gear ice chest food = 600lbs of people ( 6 @ 100lbs or 2 @ 300lbs ). Sea Ray dealer explained their rated capacity is with boat fully loaded with fuel and water.
    Bob & Sue
    Puget Sound Wa

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Potomac River - MD
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Engine(s)
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    Posts
    2,167

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by WazzuCMGrad View Post
    Wouldn't a more practical approach be, don't exceed the number of true seats (that actually are seats, not the v-berths or other bunk-type spaces, and skipping any bowrider "seats") available top-side, with a possible exception of a dining table area for the larger craft?

    On my 180, this would be 5, which seems right.

    Any thoughts?
    Agreed. What makes most sense to me, albeit illegal or not, is to follow the maximum weight capacity and have seating for each on board. On my 175 bowrider, I had seating for 9 easily. And there were more than a couple occasions each year where I had 9 on my boat. In those cases, 5 were kids. So I was well under the weight limit, which was most important for me. Now on my 280DA, those same nine are not an issue anymore and I'm legal in every way.

    Oh, and of course each child was wearing a life jacket, and there were 7 other life jackets on board for the 5 adults, and three throwable cushions on board that I'd use as a seat bolster. Not excuse for not having enough life jackets...
    2003 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer, Twin 4.3MPI, Alpha I's, Kohler 5.0kw Generator, Garmin 4208/GMR41 radar
    1995 Sea Ray 175 "Five Series" Bowrider, 3.0l LX Alpha I (sold Fall 2012)

    My current project, a home renovation: http://mulberryhall.blogspot.com

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    toms river,nj
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    340 Sundancer 2001, and a 190 Sundeck 2001
    Engine(s)
    T 454 MPI and 4.3 MCM
    Posts
    3,027

    Re: Passenger Capacity

    I was at a dock party where there was 42 very drunk people on a 36' Cruisers... I noticed that the swim platform was completely under water... The boat was at dock... My wife and I quickly staggered off, we feared if another person came on it would sink very quickly... Boats are designed with safety margins... You are more likely to get in trouble when you mix drinking and boating, than if you have one extra person on-board...
    Rod, Nancy, Amy, and Kelly http://www.facebook.com/rod.knecht
    NANSEA" '01 340 DA and "NANSEA TOO" '01 190 Sundeck
    Past: '96 300, '95 250, '95 175

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