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Cole posted 12-29-2003 01:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cole   Send Email to Cole  
Why do some boats not have power ratings? Always been curios about this...all my Whalers obviously have a power rating. And with all my custom lake boats (Eliminator, Advantage etc..) that have been rigged with Outboards (or inboards for that matter)'s just a been a matter of what I wanted to hang on the transom and how many.

I mean when I go lake boating there are people with 27' boats with triple 300's hanging on the back. And these boats weigh less than my 18' Outrage

Tom W Clark posted 12-29-2003 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Boats powered by inboard motors or inboard/outboards do not have to have maximum horsepower ratings. Outboard powered boats are required to have a maximum horsepower rating ONLY if they are less than 20 feet.

Many manufacturers (including Boston Whaler) choose to assign a maximum horsepower rating to their boats that are over 20 feet. If they do then the maximum horsepower rating is generally observed and respected though there is no federal law against overpowering a boat.

Cole posted 12-29-2003 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cole  Send Email to Cole     
Thank you very much
jimh posted 12-30-2003 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
For boats manufactured in the United States, the makers are governed by applicable federal laws, most of which are contained in

CFR (Code of Federal Regulations)

Title 33-Navigation and Navigable Water.

Chapter 1--Coast Guard. Department of Homeland Security

Part 181--Manufacturer's Requirements

Try searching for more information from:

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