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Holy Cow posted 06-01-2003 10:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for Holy Cow   Send Email to Holy Cow  
My friend says That the Montauk 170 can not handle the load for 3-4 men (about 720 pounds) with up to 16 rods, all personal clothing, food, fishing gear and etc(guessing 200-400 pounds) for making a 10 to 15 mile trip to our destination? What is the load capacity for the Montauk 170? I do have the Pate 27 gallon tank(189 pounds) and have the Four stroke 90(410 pounds). HC
Barry posted 06-02-2003 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
The 170 Montauk has a "persons capacity" of 7.

Although I'm not sure how big a person this refers to. I believe the persons capacity is roughly based on this formula: number of people=boat length x boat width / 15.

Here is the plate for my 22-Outrage http://members.aol.com/bburtensha/outrage/capacity_plate.jpg . It is rated for 11 people or 1,515 lbs. That is only 137 lbs./person! Also note that it says 2,655 lbs. for "persons, motor, gear". Depending on what motors, how many batteries, how much fuel, how much gear, etc. the persons portion could be anywhere from as little as 1,000 lbs., up to 2,000 lbs.

Maybe someone with a 170 could check their Maximum Capacities plate.

I've actually loaded up my 1974 Montauk with 5 people (3 adults and 2 boys), all of our gear for a week of fishing/camping, and made a 10 mile run in protected, inland water with no problem.

Barry posted 06-02-2003 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Here are some links to information regarding maximum capacites.
www.uscgboating.org/safety/fed_reqs/saf_overload.htm
www.boatsmart.net/content/2000/bs730.shtml
www.uscg.mil/d8/mso/louisville/WebStuff/comdtpubp16761_3b.pdf This is the Safety Standard for Backyard Boat Builders and includes a section on determining safe loading.

Please note that the maximum capacities are just that, the maximum recommended in calm conditions.

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