Big Boaters / by Trevor

Mad Mariner points out an update to some regulation:

It's official. The Coast Guard thinks we're fat.

In a ruling two weeks ago, it raised the average passenger weight from 160 pounds to 185 pounds on charters and other passenger boats – the first increase since the 1960s.

I am not suggesting the Coast Guard has their pulse on the precise growth of the average boater. The only impact I see this having is more tickets being written for too many people on a boat. This effectively reduces the legal capacity of all boats by 15%. I certainly hope that they do not attempt to make this law retroactive ( I am hoping 'passenger boats" its only commercial boats) ; whereas someone with a plaque on their boat that says "CAPACITY 11" can be ticketed for having 11 people.