Thanks for addressing the actual question. While I'm not expecting anyone to know the actual capacity of all the boats out there. I was really wondering if, based on experience, people have noticed that boats tend to be under rated, or if they seem to be pretty accurate.
I used to work in a plant making plastic tubing for fountain drink systems. We did our own extrusion of the tubing and it had to meet a certain PSI rating. Now, mind you this was 20 years ago, and I don't remember the exact PCI #'s, but I do remember that when we tested, we had to pass a pressure test about 30% HIGHER than what we rated it for. So, say it was rated for 100 psi, it had to hold 130 PSI without bursting.
I wondered if the personal watercraft industry did something similar.... IE, if we are going to say a boat has a max load of 300 lbs, it has to actually be able to load out to 325 lbs, or 350 lbs.... something like that.
Regardless, it's a non-issue now. The guy that had the 2 boats rated for 300 lbs has sold them. So, I'm going to choose one of the 3 I listed in an earlier post.
Kayak Deck Gear Bags
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
Rescue / Throw Bags
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