A recent thread about load testing got me thinking about my own load testing experiments. I tested mine by progressively putting more in my 17.5 Alaskan than the Coast Guard sticker said I should. I progressively increased this on various trips in a non scientific fashion and found out my weight and balance issues and estimated about how much my boat will hold to get on step. I am fuzzy on optimal RPM's and fuel consumption. I still am not sure exactly how much to boat will hold really.
How do the manufacturers determine the Coast Guard maximum allowed load?
Why do we all routinely disregard it, or do most of us actually stick to those loads?
What are some ways to find out your safe (relative term) maximum load without sinking your boat trying?
Where is the best place for the most weight to be?
What are some situations that you would and would not want a heavy load?
How does a maximum load effect the structure of the boat with waves and such?
How about the motor, does it crap it out? I heard jets are not as sensitive to load like a prop is.
How does the structure of you boat improve load handling? There are flat bottom boats with low sides and high sided boats with varying degrees of dead rise. What are the advantages to each and their pitfalls for those that are asking what boat to buy?
What are some of the ways NOT to do it, I can tell you a few from my own load test challenges.
Please do not hijack my thread with the pointless banter from the last load test thread. I would really like to know some peoples opinions of this stuff and would hate to lose that ability because of a pissing contest. Thank you.