Georgia Boater Education Course


CHAPTER 7: Water Activities & The Marine Environment


Like other recreational watercraft, PWCs have varying load capacities and come in different sizes---from single to four-person models.

Check your owner’s manual and the onboard label for the load capacitymaximum allowable weight or number of persons allowed onboard a vessel as determined by the manufacturer and displayed on the capacity plate. of your PWC. Load capacity is critical, especially when dealing with stability and PWCs. Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended capacity. Not only is it illegal in many states, it can also put you in danger.

Doing so will change the operating characteristics of your PWC, making it more difficult and dangerous to operate.

One more thing. If you are towing someone on your PWC, you need to make sure there is always a free seat for them onboard the vessel.