(a) One passenger per 30 inches of rail space available to passengers at the vessel's
sides and across the transom.
(b) One passenger per 10 square feet of deck area available for passenger use. In
computing the deck area, the areas occupied by concession stands, toilets and
washrooms, companionways, and stairways shall be excluded.
(c) One passenger per 18 inches of width of fixed seating provided.
(2) On vessels that have or are required to have vessel capacity plates, the passenger
capacity shall be determined by applying either of the following criteria which results in
the allowance of the greatest number of persons without exceeding the capacity plate
(a) Weight capacity minus maximum motor and gear weight: 185= number of
(b) Boat length times boat beam : 15 = number of passengers.
History: 1982 AACS; 2014 AACS
Vessel damage, repairs, and alterations; reports; repair and
alteration standards; modification of corrections and repairs; determination
of unsafe vessel; modification and inspection exception.
Rule 114. (1) When a vessel has an accident causing physical damage, has a
grounding causing physical damage, or is to be hauled out and dry docked to carry out
major repairs or alterations affecting the vessel's seaworthiness, the owner of the
vessel shall immediately report to the marine inspector or the marine safety section of
the department the nature of the damage repairs, or alterations. Physical damage does
not include breakage of glass, lights, or decorative items.
(2) All repairs and alterations shall be done in accordance with good marine
practice and standards and approved by the marine inspector before the work is started.
Drawings, sketches, or written specifications may be required by the marine inspector
depending on the nature and extent of the repairs or alterations.
(3) The owner of a vessel shall not allow the vessel to be returned to service or
returned to the water until all repairs or alterations have been completed and the
vessel has been reinspected and approved by the marine inspector. The marine
inspector shall reinspect the vessel as soon as possible after notification by the owner
that the repairs and alterations have been completed.
(4) When corrections or repairs to the vessel or associated equipment are
required as a result of an inspection by the marine inspector, the owner of the vessel
shall notify the marine inspector when the corrections or repairs have been made.
(5) When, during the course of an inspection, the marine inspector finds
equipment or conditions which are not addressed in these rules and which are unsafe
or jeopardize the safety of the passengers carried onboard, the marine inspector shall
require that the condition be corrected or the equipment removed from the vessel.
(6) When it is determined by the marine inspector and the state boating law
administrator that a vessel, because of its construction or design, or both, is not safe to
carry passengers for hire, a certificate of inspection shall not be issued. The owner,
if not satisfied with the decision of the department, may seek relief in accordance
with Act No. 306 of the Public Acts of 1969, as amended, being S24.201 et seq. of