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Bill Davis posted 07-28-2003 10:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I have a 2000 Sport 13. The plate bolted in it states that the Coast Guard has approved it to carry a maximum 30 hp motor, and that is what I have.

But the 2001 Sport 13 is, as far as I can tell, identical in every respect and yet it has a been approved for up to 40 hp and is sold with that size motor. I really can see no difference and I just assume that the CG re-tested the boat or got new data and just changed the rating.

I like my 30 fine, but, well hugh know how that is: I'd like to maybe one day get a 40 on there. Has anyone heard anything from the company about this? Can the plate be changed to reflect the "new" rating? If I get a 40, and don't change the plate, am I OK since the rating has maybe changed, just not the plate? Can I get a new plate?

Does anyone have any experience with this?


captbone posted 07-29-2003 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
Whaler did this to keep the price down when they introduced the boat. This way you could get a cheap package with max power and feel good about your purchase. Then once they had the vessel out on the market they would jack the rating and the price with the four stoke and the 40hp. I would just call whaler and for $5.00 buy a capacity plate off of a 2003 130 sport and throw it on.

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