Fed Regs Don’t Address Boat Overloading

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Overcrowding can cause any boat to sink or capsize. New England Boating Photo Illustration

An article in the Riverhead Patch raises the issue of overcrowding on boats, and points out that there are no state or federal regulations regarding overloading of recreational vessels (although the Coast Guard can terminate a voyage if it deems the vessel unsafe).

Here’s an excerpt:

In the wake of recent tragedy, the waters of enforcement for boaters who overcrowd their vessels are still murky.

In recent days, a devastating accident left three children dead on July 4 off Oyster Bay when a boat carrying over 24 guests capsized, leading some to question whether the tragedy was caused by a wake from another vessel or possible overcrowding on the 34’ Silverton cabin cruiser.

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Riverhead Patch


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