Total Capacity???

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by Liver Slinger, May 8, 2008.

  1. Liver Slinger

    Liver Slinger New Member

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    Im kinda corn fussed??????
    This old Richline Alum 14 ft. V bottom has a tag inside the transom.
    It has Total persons ( lbs) 440
    below that
    Total Capasity ( Gear Motor ) 640

    Sooo does that mean I can pile 1080 lbs. in the old beast????

    Im thinkin bout doin some modafcatin on her
    Thanks Liver
     
  2. whines83

    whines83 New Member

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    north carolina
    640lbs is you max....including people/battery/motor/etc..
     

  3. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Your boat has two maximum capacities. The total number of people cannot exceed the 440 pound capacity, and as stated the total load capacity cannot exceed 640 pounds. So you can have two persons each weighing 220 pounds for your person capacity and you can carry 200 pounds of additonal weight - just not people. You can have two persons each weighing 180 pounds for a load capacity of 360 pounds, and you can carry 280 pounds of extra weight - as long as it is not people.
     
  4. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Do you figure that "total persons" refers to a "live load"(moving) such as with a house floor?
     
  5. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Lawrence, according to the US Coast Guard Regs, it means a person... a man, woman or child. And whatever combination of people on board, cannot exceed that max weight figure. Sometimes the data plate will say "Max Load 2 people", and in this case, they don't care what the weight of the people are, just the number of people. Those data plates can pretty much be interputed for just what they say.
     
  6. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    maximum weight capacity refers to total capacity.
    If the boat has a maximum capacity of 1000 pounds start at 1000 pounds and everything you put in the boat or on the boat dead or alive subtract its weight from the 1000 pounds.
     
  7. Liver Slinger

    Liver Slinger New Member

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    So I guess Im goin fishin by myself :eek:oooh: or find a real skinny fishin buddy.

    How critical are these numbers ????
    I really want to make a carpeted floor - figured it might take around 2 sheets of plywood + carpet. But with 6 hp. outborad, trolling motor, battery, 5 gal. gas tank.

    Can I fudge a little? will it sink?
    Im not taking much over the #
    How far can I go ????
    Thanks
     
  8. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    They are not critical at all, unless your involved in an accident while on the water, or are checked by a law enforecement agent. In Oklahoma, your escorted ashore, issed a citattion and your boat impounded. It is something you should not really mess around with.
     
  9. Liver Slinger

    Liver Slinger New Member

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    Ok Thanks

    Im 10 pounds over weight with myself & the wife on the live weight.

    Im guessing motor 50lb-gas50lb-battery 50lb.-25lb for a trolling motor

    Thats 625lbs. guess I cant even spit let alone make a floor.

    I see guys decking their boats and use 2x4s and all this plywood some looks like enough to frame up a shed.
    I thought I might be able to go over a few lbs. like maybe 50??????????????????

    Thanks LIver:sad2:
     
  10. Old Bill

    Old Bill New Member

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    Don't know whether this Richline boat exceeds it's weight limits with it's 200 lb plus owner and friend on board, but it doesn't sit too low in the water.

    It has decking from the bow to the second aft seat and floor plywood.
     

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  11. Liver Slinger

    Liver Slinger New Member

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    Guess Im goin on a diet cuz I bought a new Minn Kota Powerdrive 50lb. thrust think that be enough for the old boat?
    Ive got to deck the old boat from the bow to the fist bench to mount the trolling motor and might as well have a casting deck . I can hinge a lid and store my battery under the deck .

    I weighed everything today and was about what I was guessing with me and my wife the way I want the boat Ill be about 50-60 lbs over the limit.

    Lowes carry alum. angle ?

    How about the deep cycle batteries at Wal Mart is that what I want ?
    Thanks Liver
     

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  12. OkieBo

    OkieBo New Member

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    This is a common problem with small boats! Just the other day i was at Bass pro and was looking at smaller jon boats. Most of them in the 10-14' range had 450-800lb load range. Any one who goes fishing with a full grown buddy knows that human weight,gas, livewell water, poles, gear, can push this max real quick! Where is the love for the big boys and their buddys who like to go up small rivers? I have one small boat now, but my two boys are still small enough that it hasnt been an issue yet. But Damn are they growing fast! Hence my shopping for another slighlty bigger vessel.
     
  13. OkieBo

    OkieBo New Member

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    This boat carries two grown men and gear for river trips tho. Not luxury but it gets me there!
     

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