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comsubbo posted 07-10-2003 09:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for comsubbo   Send Email to comsubbo  
I am purchasing an older 9' tender. The metal tag says "HP - 5 max." Does it really mean 5 max or is it related to the weight on the stern or...?
RMS posted 07-10-2003 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for RMS  Send Email to RMS     
The tag is stating that 5 horsepower is the maximum outboard motor size which should be mounted on the transom..
Bigshot posted 07-10-2003 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Does not mean you can't go higher, especially if a tender. Liability will be yours in an accident though being overpowered. I have seen them with 25's but I do not recommend that. I think a 8 or 9.9 would be perfect.
jimh posted 07-10-2003 11:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
That "metal tag" is probably the federal required maximum capacity plate. The horsepower rating that it shows is computed by a method specified in the regulations. The method involves using boat length and beam as the principal factors in the calculation.

Federal regulations do not prohibit you from using higher horsepower.
That is just the federal regulations, and you are likely subject to many other layers of regulations regarding your boat, starting with the state and going all the way down to regulations on individual lakes.

Check your local boating regulations on this point. It may be in your jurisdiction that there could be a regulatory agency asserting a rule about exceeding the federal horsepower rating.

timbaho posted 07-10-2003 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for timbaho  Send Email to timbaho     
Something alot of people tend to overlook is the insurance and liability ramifications of powering over the maximum listed on the plate. You may wind up with a rig that an insurance co. will not give you liability on(something I think a person is insane not to have if you ride anyone in your boat) Kevin
timbaho posted 07-10-2003 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for timbaho  Send Email to timbaho     
sorry bigshot, after re-reading I noticed you had already mentioned "liability" in this sue-happy world of ours.

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