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Pelican Waters QLD - Boating and Fishing
Capacity Labels
Please note: If the vessel has an Australian Builders Plate fitted where it can be seen clearly from the steering position, a capacity label is not required.

Overloading your boat is one of the easiest ways to capsize it. By allowing more people on board a boat than its maximum capacity, the risk of capsizing significantly increases. Overloading compromises the safety of everyone on board. Capacity labels have been designed to show operators how many people they can have safely on board. All registrable boats, except yachts with auxiliary motors, are now required to have capacity label(s).

Placing a maximum capacity label adjacent to a boat’s control areas means operators are constantly reminded of their boat’s recommended loading capacity.

Capacity labels must be fitted where they can be seen clearly from each steering position.

There are three different capacity labels available:

• Powered boats under six metres.
• Powered boats six metres and over.
• Powered boats with a flybridge.

The label indicates the number of people the boat can safely carry in good conditions (fair weather conditions in smooth waters). The onus of safety rests with the operator at all times.

When using the boat in exposed waters or in rough conditions, the operator should consider reducing the number of persons taken on the trip.

Labels are available from Queensland Transport Customer Service Centres or can be ordered from your local Maritime Safety Queensland office or website at

Penalties apply.

Know how to safely load your boat by:

• Storing heavy items low and central in a place where they cannot move around.
• Distributing the weight, including passengers, evenly around the boat.
• Compensating for the weight of extra fuel.
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