Per your calculation I could fit 12.8 people on my family's 24 sundeck. Its rated for 12 people and I've pulled up a slolom skier with 12 on board. But I could not put 11 people (7ft beam) in my 24 python. I put in 6 and it was a handful.
I think we should modify this calculation to divide the total by 1/2 for go-fast boats. If you think about it.........a go fast boat is about 1/2 of what these cruisers and yachts are. So for a 32 sunsation it be 9 people, which sounds safe enough - just don't very fast.
very true waterboy
I think my 272 is rated for 8 people. There is NFW I would ever have that many unless I was saving a drowning boat.
Hey Strip, I know what you mean about sleeping 5....
I thought passenger capacity plates were only required on outboard boats. Baja does include them on their boats however. Probably because they got sued over something at one time.
At some point, as you keep packing people in/on the boat, you are going to run out of room with equal number of PFDs for each person. At that point, you are at capacity. Stop loading.
For what it's worth:
The Coast Guard Capacity Information label is required only on monohull boats less than 20' in length. The label is not required on multi-hull boats, pontoon boats (catamarans), or on any sailboats, canoes, kayaks, or inflatable boats, regardless of length.
a) The maximum weight capacity (W) marked on a boat that has one or more inboard or inboard-outdrive units for propulsion must not exceed the greater value of W obtained from either of the following formulas:
W = (maximum displacement / 5) – (boat weight / 5)
(b) For the purposes of paragraph (a) of this section:
(1) Maximum displacement is the weight of the volume of water displaced by the boat at its maximum level immersion in calm water without water coming aboard. For the purpose of this paragraph, a boat is level when it is transversely level and when either of the two following conditions are met:
(i) The forward point where the sheer intersects the vertical centerline plane and the aft point where the sheer intersects the upper boundary of the transom (stern) are equidistant above the water surface or are equidistant below the water surface.
(ii) The most forward point of the boat is level with or above the lowest point of water ingress.
(2) Boat weight is the combination of:
(i) Hull weight;
(ii) Deck and superstructure weight;
(iii) Weight of permanent appurtenances; and
(iv) Weight of full permanent fuel tanks.
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