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PA Boating Handbook
CHAPTER 2 - LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
Capacity Plates / Hull Identification Number
CAPACITY PLATES

The capacity plate provides important information about the boat including maximum weight capacity, maximum horsepower, maximum person capacity by number and maximum persons capacity by weight. Any person towed behind a boat is included in the total number of persons specified on the capacity plate.

No boat shall be loaded beyond its safe carrying capacity. Observe and understand your capacity plate. For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/images/pages/forms/capacity_plate_instructions.pdf.

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HINHULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (HIN)

This number is federally required and is located on or near the boat transom’s upper starboard (right) side. Also, the HIN is hidden by the manufacturer on the vessel for recovery purposes. HINs are 12 characters in length and may be 17 characters on newer boats.

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